The Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an
alternative to a group of Wyoming ranchers for controlling the coyote population.
It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true
methods of shooting or trapping the predators, these two groups were offering a 'more humane' solution.
What they proposed was for the animals to be captured alive, the males would then be castrated and turned loose again. Thus the population would be controlled. No kidding, this was actually proposed to the
Wyoming Wool & Sheep Grower's Association by the Sierra Club and the USFS.
The ranchers listened to the presentation and then sat there in a sort of dumfound silence, trying to make sense of the amazing proposal they had just heard.
Finally, an old boy in the back of the conference room stood up,
tipped his hat back and said, 'Son, I don't think you understand
our problem. Those coyotes ain't screwin' our sheep —they're
You should have been there to hear the roar of laughter.