Coming back for the 2nd year, the Georgia Coyote Challenge highlights how citizens can effectively handle nuisance coyote issues. This year, entering will be even easier, and participants can earn up to 10 entries in three separate drawings (between March and August), according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Coyote Attacks Deer - Coyote Challenge form March 1 - Aug 31, 2018

“Negative interactions with coyotes are an ongoing issue for many citizens, from rural land managers to suburban homeowners,” says John Bowers, Chief of Game Management for WRD. “While many hunters, trappers and landowners already make use of the fact that coyotes can be taken year round, the Coyote Challenge emphasizes the utility of removing these non-native predators during the critical spring-summer period for landowners concerned about native wildlife.”

Georgia Coyote Challenge

The program will run from Mar. 1-Aug. 31, 2018. There will be three drawings for a lifetime license (or the equivalent of $750 of credit for hunting and fishing licenses or a prize of similar value). Participants may submit up to 10 coyotes (creating 10 contest entries) during each drawing period. Coyotes must be taken in Georgia to be eligible.

How do you enter? Take a photo of the coyote with your phone. Email that photo to Photos should include the entire, intact carcass. You will receive an autoreply that will provide a link to the entry form. Be sure to fill out the form and include your email address.

What is not accepted? Road-kills, spoiled carcasses, coyotes that have been ear-notched, and live coyotes are not eligible. Metadata on all submissions will be analyzed to determine the date and location of the provided image(s).

The sponsor of the prize for the first drawing is Ace Hardware of Social Circle (

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Deal appoints Pridemore to Public Service Commission

Gov. Nathan Deal today appointed Tricia Pridemore to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to fill the vacancy created by the departure of PSC Chair Stan Wise. Pridemore will serve the remainder of Wise’s term and represent the 5th District of the PSC. The appointment is effective immediately.

 “I would like to thank Stan Wise for his more than two decades of dedicated service to our state and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Deal. “Tricia has significant experience in both the private and public sectors, and I am confident she will be an effective member of the Public Service Commission.”

Tricia Pridemore – Public Service Commission, District 5

Pridemore is a businesswoman with experience in technology, consulting and workforce development. She is a co-founder of Accucast, a software company. Pridemore is the former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and helped to establish Georgia’s skilled trade initiative, which encourages workforce growth in the fields of energy, transportation and construction. She is a former member of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. Pridemore was a member of Deal’s 2011 transition team and co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. Pridemore and her husband, Michael, reside in Marietta and attend Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.

Collins Talks Economy with Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce

Following the recent Veterans Benefits Fair that Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) held in Dahlonega last month, the Ninth District Representative met with the Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce recently to hear from business leaders about the local economy and related issues. Dahlonega’s Mayor Sam Norton and County Commission Chairman Chris Dockery were among those in attendance.

Collins asked Chamber members for their perspectives on a variety of policy issues and took questions focused on the implications that national policy discussions have for Lumpkin County.

“I’m thankful that the Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce continues to share their time and insight with me. The leadership in this community remains committed to promoting smart growth opportunities, and hearing from them allows me to work effectively with the White House and my colleagues in Congress to break down barriers to economic success,” said Collins following the event.

The group emphasized the challenge presented by unreliable broadband access in the area, which Collins has been tackling in his work with the Federal Communications Commission and as a legislator. Collins introduced the Gigabit Opportunity Act this Congress to incentivize private investment in rural broadband infrastructure and has praised President Trump for his executive order focused on improving rural broadband, which he issued this January.

The discussion focused on Dahlonega’s economy, as Collins asked for an update on growth, whether anything was holding the community back and what impact tax reform seems to be having locally. The consensus seemed to be that the economy is strengthening as demand is growing across industries, though more regulatory relief from Washington would be welcome. Government agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have negatively affected industries and consumers, and Republicans in the House continue voting to roll back harmful regulations.

Many business owners would also like to see northeast Georgia’s workforce grow. Collins echoed calls for a greater emphasis on vocational training in schools in order to prepare the next generation of workers for fields that demand specific technical skills. He also noted that workforce development has become more of a focus in Washington recently