Originally Posted by hoops5
They're "pests"...their numbers were once kept in check by mountain lion, bear, wolves, and bobcat due to the fact that they not only competed for prey with those other predators, but because they also were preyed upon at times by. Without mountain lion or wolf populations, and with drastically diminished bear and bobcat populations in Kentucky, the coyote population is left unchecked by nature.
They feed on smaller animals, and in many/most of the areas where they're over-populated in Kentucky, they have a notably negative impact on the populations of smaller animal populations. As a result, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has an "unrestricted hunting season" on coyotes, meaning hunters are encouraged to kill them year round whenever they see coyotes in an effort to reduce their numbers. That's what woodsy meant by "quota hunt".