Twenty Dollars Per Pelt Adds Up

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Nova Scotia added an incentive for coyote hunters, they placed a bounty, offering $20 a pelt. Within the first year of the bounty being offered, 2600 coyotes were killed; 900 more than the previous year. Some citizens are saying this is a waste of money in a time when there are cutbacks. The natural resources minister said more than $50,000 has been paid out to hunters, but has created a safer environment. He claims coyotes are more fearful of humans now. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said his department has received fewer reports of aggressive coyotes since the $20-per-pelt bounty was put in place last fall. Opposition for the bounty comes from Leo Glavine, natural resources critic for the Opposition Liberals, who says this might have the opposite effect on the coyotes encouraging them to breed more to boost their numbers.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, located in Nova Scotia, is where Taylor Mitchell was attacked by coyotes and ended up dying as a result, setting off the seriousness of problematic and aggressive coyotes, from The Canadian Press.

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ndemiter's picture

This is what i likwe to see.

This is what i likwe to see. preventative maintence. i like to see it especially in canada where people may not necessarily enjoy the same civil liberties that we do.

i bet they don't have any conflicts to speak of either. it's all about taking the initiative!

hunter25's picture

Although putting a bounty on

Although putting a bounty on coyotes might convinve me to pursue hunting them a bit more often I don't relly think it makes a significant impact in controlling the population. I know this was a lot more common practice in the past and the programs mostly have long gone away. I remember reading an article years ago that stated wheen coyote populations are low that they actually begin to have larger litters to build back up there populations. And they actually reduce litter size when the population is high. Not sure if this is true but if it is then pushing harder to eliminate them would hace very little effect. And like was stated most of our states and communities no longer have the funds to spend on things like this.

That said I'm all for it and would look forward to the extra cash for knocking a few down.