In the 1800s it was wolves that were abundant. But European Americans showed up and thus began a long term hate for wolves. There was so much hate for wolves that by 1950 the American Grey Wolf was facing extinction.
As early as 1877, wolves were poisoned with Strychnyne. Bounty programs offered $20 per wolf. Wolves were shot, trapped, dug from their dens and hunted with dogs. Poisoned animals were left out for wolves, a practice that also killed eagles, ravens, foxes and bears.
In 1973, congress finally gave gray wolves protection under the endangered species act. In 1996, only 31 gray wolves roamed Yellowstone, yet anti wolf attitudes persisted. A rancher killed wolf #10 and was praised by locals who cheered the killing, calling it an act on heroism.
It is now Coyotes that face the same fate as the wolf. Men cannot live with another top predator and so we will find ways to kill them, trap them and exterminate them.
I urge you to learn to live with our canine friends, before they are all gone, just like the Grey Wolf.