Helmick wants to expand the state's sheep industry. But he said that will be difficult unless the coyote population is reduced.
"I know we have a problem with the sheep industry," he said.
"And the coyote is not all the problem, but it's a significant part. For the rebirth or growth of the sheep industry, it would be almost impossible with the amount of coyotes we now have on the loose."
A personal anecdote shared by Helmick shows that a coyote is a cagy foe.
He said his son, Brian, had rigged bells at his home in Charleston that the family's cat could ring when he wanted to go outside or come inside. A coyote pounced on the cat one night as soon as he rang the bell and stepped outside.
"That coyote had figured out the bell," Helmick said.
"He knew that sooner or later, that cat was going out. He had watched before when the bell rang."