CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) -- The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina is offering bounty payments of $25 for each coyote carcass that is turned into the tribe.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the tribe is offering the money to try to protect white-tailed deer on the reservation. Money will only be paid for coyotes that have been shot, not trapped.
Tribal wildlife manager Robert Blankenship says coyotes are the main predator for deer fawn and other wildlife in the area.
Blankenship said the tribe began a white-tailed deer reintroduction program two years ago. Land was planted with winter peas, clover, turnips and other plants where the animals could forage.
He says the deer population in the area had been declining previously.
Bounties are not offered for coyotes outside the reservation.