Kill the Killers
Because of the challenge of raising pronghorn, anti-predator feelings ran very high. Between 1912 and 1923, trappers killed 598 predators. They did not discriminate. Bobcats, coyotes, and wolves were high on the list, but porcupines, skunks, magpies, and even black-footed ferrets were targeted. Early reports always mentioned predators:
1919 - Mr. Beach has been successful in the extermination of predatory animals having killed 6 coyotes, 5 bobcats and 6 skunks. There are plans to exterminate all the skunks in the park.
1922 - Ranchmen ask permission to set (skunk) traps within the park. I encouraged them to help us exterminate the pests.
1922 - Mr. Knowles trapped 5 bobcats, 21 porcupines, 5 coyotes, 3 skunks, 1 raccoon, 1 black-footed ferret.
1927 - Archie Howes trapped 15 coyotes.
1934 - The Biological Survey reports 8 skunks, 12 coyotes, 1 raccoon, 9 porcupines and 1 bobcat killed or poisoned.