Friday, March 4, 2011


Today's K-W Record advises us that the province are looking at options including bounties and contests to lower the coyote population in southern Ontario. The article is "Province set to target coyotes". It has been suggested that their population has tripled in the last seven years. Personally I've lived in and extremely near to rural areas for the last twenty years and am amazed at only actually seeing coyotes with my own eyes a total of three or four times. This includes once on the outskirts of Kitchener, once outside West Montrose and a year ago outside Hawkesville. My understanding is that although coyotes are certainly opportunists who won't turn down stray small pets, chickens etc. they generally subsist on mice, voles rats and groundhogs . Also from watching the Nature of Things on television it appears that attempts to eradicate or even seriously lower coyote populations through traps, shooting or poisoning have been unsucessful. Certainly the poisoning or trapping concerns me as it could easily target other species.

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