Chet Brokaw reports on Aerial-Gunning Matter

PIERRE — A month after a state plane crashed and injured two people, conservation groups have asked South Dakota wildlife officials to scrap an aerial gunning program that kills coyotes that prey on cattle and sheep.

The program is dangerous for pilots and gunners, wastes taxpayer money and fails to control the coyote population, according to the petition delivered this week to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department officials.

“It doesn’t work,” said Wendy Keefover-Ring of Sinapu, a Colorado-based group that organized the petition effort.

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