BEDFORD, Va. -

Hunters in Bedford County have a chance to win a prize while helping address a wildlife problem.

A "coyote lottery" is underway.  Anyone who kills a coyote in Bedford County between now and March 15 can enter the contest.

There's no limit on the number of entries, as long as you follow state hunting guidelines.

County leaders started the program to fight the growing problem coyotes pose to livestock and pets.

"It's not about eradicating the species," an extension agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.  "I think we all understand that coyotes are here to stay.  However, they are an increasing problem, not just for livestock owners, but they are increasingly becoming an issue in suburban areas."

The program is funded by local businesses and organizations, and no tax dollars are going toward the effort.

Multiple cash prizes are available.  Click here to read a full list of rules.