Bounty call

Close encounters with coyotes prompt some Cape Bretoners to call for cull.

“The animals are there, they are being seen, they are tracking people,” said the Margaree-St. Joseph’s representative.
“There have been a few seen right in the village of Cheticamp. That is scary. You tell people don’t walk in the woods, walk on the sidewalk, but there are coyotes in the village.”
Like Boone, she wants the DNR to control the population with a bounty or through some other population control.
Stone Anderson, regional biologist at the Inverness-Victoria County DNR office, said bounties have been tried unsuccessfully in the past.
“The coyote will adapt,” he said. “The female will have young based on conditions. If there is lots of food she will have more young; if there are not many coyotes in the area she will have more young.”
Generally speaking he said the recent sightings in the highlands could be attributed to heavy snow loads.

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