Predator control levy will continue

July 29, 2011 • Local News

Chaves County Commissioners ordered a special levy to continue charging 50 cents per head on all animals to be protected from coyotes, mountain lions and bobcats under the Predator Control Program during their monthly meeting, Thursday.

The move came after almost 70 percent of cattle owners and almost 90 percent of sheep and goat owners in the county voted to continue the levy in a recent election conducted by the Chaves County Predator Control Board.

The commissioners accepted the results of the election and ordered the levy, at the request of the newly elected Predator Control Board president Russell Leonard.

“It’s a strong program,” Leonard said, calling the levy a “self-imposed tax” on 400 livestock owners in Chaves County. “We’re not asking for money from the county,” he added.

Predators pose a huge threat to livestock in the county, Leonard said, especially coyotes. Mountain lions and bobcats also have posed a threat. No figures were immediately available on how many livestock have been harmed by predators in the county in recent years.

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