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Anderson SC teen kills coyote with pocket knife 
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ANDERSON SC — Michael Farmer Jr. was out killing time with a friend and brother behind his house when he spied a coyote Wednesday evening.

The others kept riding bikes through mud but Farmer, 17, pressed on against the coyote, cornering it against a fence. Then a quick struggle and Farmer said he stabbed the coyote straight through its right eye, killing it.

He said he used a small lock-back pocket knife because he didn’t have a gun or his go-to hunting weapon, a bow and arrow.

“I tried to get him while he was on the ground,” Farmer said. The coyote tried to fight back but it didn’t last.

There were barely-there scratches on Farmer’s right arm; the scratches on his left arm from riding through brush were almost as noticeable.

Farmer said he hunts regularly near his father’s property, in Homeland Park, but usually just opossums and recently a hog.

The coyote was the biggest animal he had taken down.

Michael Farmer Sr. said he’s seen coyotes dozens of times recently and a few years ago the coyotes took a few goats from his back yard. They don’t have goats anymore.

There is no legal problem with Farmer’s account of killing the coyote, according to officials with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Biologist Billy Dukes said that if the kill happened as Farmer describes it, the coyote may well have lost its natural fear of humans, possibly from feeding or disease.

“They are still shy creatures,” Dukes said.

Coyotes are considered nuisance animals and killing them is allowed for hunting permit holders, he said.

Farmer said he has a permit.

The kill would also be allowed because it was within 100 yards of the Farmers’ home and because by the time a person gets close enough to stab an animal, it becomes a risk to personal safety, Dukes said.

Farmer said he is not quite sure what he will do with the coyote’s remains but his father wants it dealt with fast.

Farmer, who has worked at a taxidermy shop, started to remove the teeth Thursday afternoon, including one large incisor, which he said broke off while he was holding the animal’s jaw together. He plans on making a necklace but is considering mounting the head as well, with a set of substitute teeth.
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