I have done a lot of research and talked with an number people close to the coyote business such as trappers.
Coyote territory has been expanding for years – we are paying the consequences.
It does not add up – it does not make sense – it is not reasonable to allow the streets of Collingwood to be taken over by packs of wild animals – while our government fails to act and begins to blame residents for feeding coyotes with dog poop and bird seed while asking us to accept coyotes on our streets and to learn to coexist with them.
Our coyotes problem is not to do with lost habitat caused by development forcing coyotes into Collingwood or other cities or the residents creating a food supply of pet poop, garbage and bird seed for coyotes or the controversy over trapping but simply a coyote over population problem. These other debated problems are a distraction from the real issue – the route of the problem. The shocking aspect is the government – provincial and municipal are covering the facts, and using our taxpayer funds for more government jobs while trying to educate taxpayers on a coexistence program that it is our fault. TIME IS UP. This needs to stop and Collingwood is going to expose this and engage residents to put an end to this – remove coyotes from the streets of Collingwood.
Coyote population control depends on hunting and trapping – they are multiplying beyond control – few predators (wolves and bears) – they are adaptable so can move into areas easily -their territory has been expanding for years across North America.
The problem is the Town of Collingwood and other cities are relying on the MNRF to control coyotes but they are failing without oversight. The finger pointing begins while we live with the fallout of the failed coyote population scandal.
Our governments have created an industry which creates government jobs – costing residents millions of dollars. As you may expect the government compensation program (pays for the damage done by wildlife) with $1.5 billion in funding is being mismanaged; “it takes months for the program to be administered and the claim rejection rate is high; and the compensation provided is only a partial amount of the actual loss”. The government jobs are thriving but the funds are not being applied timely or properly – the program is under review – more wasted money.
Based on a report of the Simcoe County where Collingwood is located; 109 coyote damage claims were compensate which represented 71.95% of the wildlife damages. If this is representative across Ontario – the damages would be millions plus the cost of administration.
To add to the coyote population problem government jobs have been created as a result of the governments mismanagement of the coyote population. To add more to this scandal – the Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry MNRF have banned coyote hunting in the Algonquin area to protect a wolves species – the MNRF felt hunters where confusing wolves for coyotes? This policy change further adds to population growth of coyotes.
The government response to the population growth is a coexistence strategy which is further protection of coyotes with taxpayers not only paying millions of dollars in compensation for coyote damage but also vet bills for attacks on our pets and the loss of the pets coyotes kill.
The MNRF is now promoting the coexistence program and cities are supporting this strategy – Collingwood is following the script. Coyote Watch Canada is a resource used to come into cities to try and help people live with the over population of coyotes – more wasted government funding to misinform residents.
The Town of Collingwood has developed the policy to date using MNRF, biologist reports and conservationist mandated to protect coyotes. Residents pay the cost of all these resources while our concerns/input/damages are dismissed.
Some municipalities have seen through this government scandal and have put their own programs in place to control the coyote population using compensation programs – acting to protect residents! One example is $50.00 per coyote vs hiring trappers for hundreds of dollars as explained in the link below.
It still does not make sense why the Town of Collingwood will not remove coyotes or why they are protecting coyotes in Collingwood – but I understand why they are doing it. Another factor is the political pressure from activist and conservationist who want coyotes protected while dismissing the attacks and killings of pets in Collingwood. I have been threatened by these groups and I find their position weak at best – it has not swayed my position.
Government is trying to blame us for the coyote problem and educate us to coexist with coyotes – it is time to hold our government accountable for this problem. -TIME IS UP.
I will try and make this point at the April 9th Deputation in front of Collingwood Town Council at a committee meeting scheduled for 5-8 pm in Council Chambers. Hopefully they will deny me the opportunity to speak about this issue.