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Published February 28, 2012, 11:05 PM

Hawley church organizes coyote hunt

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - A Hawley man is taking a predator problem into his own hands. He's getting hunters together for a first of its kind coyote hunt. It's his personal way of helping control the population.

A Hawley man is taking a predator problem into his own hands. He's getting hunters together for a first of its kind coyote hunt. It's his personal way of helping control the population.

After a coyote encounter here two weeks ago Curtis Erickson decided it's time to thin the population.

Curtis Erickson – Organizing Hunt: "There had to be at least half a dozen and they were pursuing something, I assume it's probably a deer."

He's organizing a coyote hunt; getting area hunters and coyote callers together.

Curtis Erickson: "We don't want to upset nature's balance. We just want to even it out a little bit."

The DNR says the coyote population is strong and increasing in some spots.

Curtis Erickson: "A lot of problems with domestic pets being missing, and coyotes are like anything else. They need something to eat."

Erickson says trekking through this snow on the search for coyotes is about more than thinning the population. It's about creating a brotherhood bond, especially for the people in his parish."

Pastor Tom Olson – HLS Rural Lutheran Ministry: "When men are alone, sometimes they can let down their guard, their vulnerability, and start sharing."

Pastor Tom Olson leads Erickson's church, HLS Rural Lutheran Ministry in Hawley. He says it will help strengthen his parish.

Pastor Tom Olson: "Get ‘em through the door, have breakfast with them, a little hunting, and perhaps get them for more activities"

Breakfast starts around 7 at the HLS Parish on Saturday, March 10th. Hunting starts right after, and you don't need a game license to kill coyotes. To attend, call HLS Rural Lutheran Ministry in Hawley.

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