• SC lawmaker introduces new bill placing $75 bounty on coyotes

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    SOUTH CAROLINA - A South Carolina lawmaker is looking to put a bounty on coyotes with the introduction of a new bill. 

    The Post and Courier reported State Senator Stephen Goldfinch's new bill would pay hunters $75 for each coyote they kill. 

    [ALSO READ: WATCH: Home video shows coyotes prowling south Charlotte neighborhood]

    The state would pay for it by making hunting licenses cost $1 more. 

    Officials said coyotes are a nuisance in many cities, and there are an estimated 350,000 in South Carolina. 

    A controversial coyote hunt in Stanly County is also underway this weekend. 

    Organizers said the annual Carolina Coyote Classic helps protect the deer population.

    [ALSO READ: Man, dogs attacked by coyote in Tega Cay]

    Animal rights activists said this does not work and the hunt harms coyote packs.

    Stanly County's hunt is expected to last through Sunday. 

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