Twenty Dollars Per Pelt Adds Up
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.