Posts Tagged 'coyotes'

Final totals

Saskatchewan killed 71,000 coyotes between November and April.

“There was a need to take action to control the coyote population and I’m pleased with the uptake of this program,” Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said in a press release announcing the final totals. “I hope this program has helped to reduce both the predation issues facing livestock producers and the potential danger posed to farm and ranch families.”

No cull

Nova Scotia to respect, rather than cull, coyotes this year.

“Education is most important,” said Mike O’Brien, Natural Resources wildlife biologist. “We must encourage our children and neighbours to follow these guidelines and keep in mind, coyotes are wild animals and deserve our respect.”

Flip flop

Saskatchewan ends coyote bounty.

An estimated 23,000 coyotes were killed as a result of the bounty program. But there are still plenty of coyotes in the province, Bjornerud said, adding that he sees them almost every weekend when he returns home to his constituency in rural east-central Saskatchewan.

While he defended the old program, Bjornerud said it will be discontinued effective March 31. It could be re-introduced in the future, following a final evaluation of its success and a continuing evaluation of the number of coyotes in the province and the problems they are causing.

The initiative announced Thursday will pay farmers 100 per cent of the market value of livestock killed by coyotes or other predator animals.

Expensive ears

Grey County hunters can continue to present coyote ears as evidence of kills.

“I’m happy to see the entire coyote carcass will not be required,” said Southgate Mayor Don Lewis.

With the ear issue resolved, county councillors still had plenty of coyote topics to talk about. The coyote population has been growing exponentially in recent years and with fewer hunters active, controlling the population has become a significant concern.

Bruce County recently increased its county bounty from $50 to $100. Grey County’s bounty is currently $50.

West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles said Saskatchewan recently introduced a successful province-wide bounty on coyotes. Eccles said the coyote issue is one for all municipalities to be concerned about. Eccles said on a recent trip home from Mississauga he spotted a coyote while he was driving on the 410 Highway.

Animal rights

Thoughts from Northumberland.

I’ve come to the conclusion that wild animals have just as much right to live around us as a new neighbour moving into the area. We humans are animals, too, and are supposed to be just as much a part of nature as them. You can learn a lot about wild animals just by observing — I certainly learned a lot about foxes last summer. Sometimes we have to make concessions — my brother and sister-in-law found out foxes relish corn on the cob and had to install one more layer of electric fence around the patch. My guineas couldn’t run freely because of the foxes and had to have extra attention paid to the fence around their outdoor run. For cats owners and coyotes — it’s a hard call to know what to do, but tiger feces sounded like a good idea.

Coyotegeddon

Don’t believe the hype.

Only a few weeks ago I read a press release issued by a large hunting and fishing organization bemoaning that rising populations of coyotes will be the end of us all. It was the kind of wild media hype that was rampant in the 1970s, stating that unless all the coyotes and wolves in the province were killed, they would in turn kill all the deer, cattle, sheep and small children in their path. Run, hide, get a gun!As I read, and re-read in disbelief, this recent posting, I could but shake my head. This otherwise sane group was asking the province to reinstate bounty systems to allow hunters to make a bit of money from their weekend hunts. And, while they’re at it, why not lift the wolf hunting ban near Algonquin Park?

Animal industry

Manitoba Cattle Producers Association calls for bounty on coyotes ($50) and wolves ($300) in the names of animal and industry welfare.

The general public may find coyotes harmless, even likening them to the famous cartoon character. With that view, perhaps the MCPA’s demands that bounties be introduced might appear callous.

Let’s clear that up. The bounties are intended to restore a good, healthy wildlife ecosystem, which is no longer in balance. “Our position is not broad-stroke elimination,” says Mowat, “but to gain control on an individual basis. The population mismanagement is resulting in detriment to the industry and to the welfare of these animals — the fact that so many have mange is an indicator that the problem has gone from bad to worse. And we also don’t want to see this issue escalate to human tragedy, as it did on the East Coast.”


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