A Bedford man received a reward Friday for helping drive down the coyote population.
Ray Turpin is the winner of a "Coyote Lottery." People who killed the wild animals in Bedford County during the last four months were allowed to compete for a $2,000 jackpot.
Bedford County's Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (ag board) organized the program, after getting a lot of complaints about pets and livestock being killed by coyotes.
Instead of offering a bounty program like other counties, the ag board chose to go with a lottery. A total of 98 animals were killed.
"A neighboring county that has had a bounty system for a number of years, the last year they had that they spent $3,000 and only got 60 coyotes harvested, so we think we got a real good bang for our buck," said Don Gardner, assistant chairman for Bedford County's Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board.
The ag board may offer another lottery, if coyotes continue to be a problem.