Posts Tagged 'cull'

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.”

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Humane treatment

Point Pelee National Park cormorant cull done for another year.

The 2010 cull, which spanned four weeks, saw the elimination of 3,627 cormorants. There will be a nest count in June.

“Our focus needs to be on nest reduction,” said Stranak.

The method of shooting the adult breeding male and female cormorants during nest establishment and prior to chick hatching, prevents them from re-nesting and also spares the young from starving or being preyed upon.

“Our guidelines and methods for the cull are monitored very closely by the Animal Care Task Force and several other agencies,” said Stranak.

In fact, an OSPCA officer from the Humane Society observed the cull two years ago and had no concerns about the humane treatment of the wildlife.

Grey area

Activists intervening in University of Victoria rabbit cull.

. . . activists have been videotaping the trappers as they collect the live rabbits. On Monday, they started freeing animals that had been trapped.

“I care because these animals fall into a grey area,” said Carson. “They aren’t pets. They aren’t wildlife. And I’m tired of people writing them off as wildlife.”

The group is also worried about poison boxes that have been set up to control mice and rats. They say young rabbits are attracted to the bait and are small enough to get into the boxes.

“They’re obviously investigating and ingesting and dying all over the campus,” said Carson. “I saw three last night. Dead babies.”

Regular perp

National Post reports on downtown Toronto beaver . . .

Police put the beaver in a garbage can, which they placed in the back of their cruiser. But the beaver escaped and rode down to the lakeshore sitting on the seat, like a regular old perp. Officers told CP24 the animal was “unharmed and happy.

. . . and draws map of wild animals in Canada’s largest city.

94 down

University of Victoria in the middle of a quiet cull.

Tom Smith said 94 rabbits have been humanely captured from the area around the athletic fields and euthanized off site since May 8.

The new “pilot project” was a response to the failed attempt in January to trap, spay and relocate 150 rabbits. Since then, the population has surpassed the 2000 mark and Smith said the university had to move ahead with a cull, despite public controversy.

“Right now a cull is what will get us to that point of having a manageable rabbit population,” Smith said.

Humane drowning

P.E.I. will cull beavers this summer.

“I wish we had a magic wand to fix the problem,” said retired P.E.I. biologist Daryl Guignon. “But it’s not easy, let me tell you. The beavers are so prolific here, they’re in pretty well every watercourse,” so relocating them would be futile.

Clarence Ryan has been a government-contracted trapper in eastern P.E.I. since the beaver management program was first launched. Last season he killed 87 beavers with two types of traps, a traditional Conibear clamp and a submersible snare. The first, the “trap of choice” for professionals, is supposed to kill the beaver instantly, though some environmental groups say it often doesn’t. The second is meant to drown the animal in under five minutes.

“They’re humane, fast and efficient,” Ryan said.

No obligation

A defense of the rights of people.

These creatures are not – as some animal lovers have suggested in interviews with this newspaper – “the weakest members of any society.” It’s not “genocide” to cull the herds, there’s no “obligation to feed them.” They are strong, independent members of their own society – but that’s not our human society. Deer are animals – can’t people get that?

There’s an argument that we have invaded their territory. Well, of course we have. We’ve been doing that ever since the Loyalists landed in the forested area that has since become Canada’s oldest incorporated city – the City of Saint John and its suburbs. That’s an essential part of the evolution of all societies – ours and theirs.


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