On coyotes, deer…and human nature.

The essay, “The Coyote Gangs of Hope,” which appears in the Winter 2014 issue of 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, is set in Midcoast Maine in 2010-2011, when confrontations between coyote hunters and property owners prompted legislation to address trespass and hunting methodology. The ensuing debates brought up questions of class and land use change, of “consumptive” and “non-consumptive” uses of land and wildlife. The piece also attempts to illuminate the often hidden, always complex, and sometimes incongruous nature of “wildlife management.”

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