This is in response to the deception campaigns by coyote advocates such as Coyote Watch Canada and Project Coyote – hiding the real facts and truth to protect urban coyotes while being negligent and compromising public safety, pets, and enjoyable wildlife in our communities.
The following is a short thesis on the urban coyote problem by Jeff Brown 10-02-2018, (updated 10-06-2018) founder of https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/ and facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoyoteConcernsCollingwood/ . Based on extensive research across North America. Blog post with additional resources.
- There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the campaigns to protect and coexist with urban coyotes under the guise of protecting wildlife. This deception engages a lot of people and confuses and misleads many others.
- There are a number of “experts” that provide false and misleading information to protect coyotes . Sadly many of their statements are not challenged or their credentials are not checked or tested. Some claim to have done a thesis on this subject – to make them appear as experts. A thesis is a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved. I have prepare the following information – a short thesis – to give a simple and honest account of necessary information to demonstrate there is a urban coyote problem and it needs to be examined in a fair and honest way to protect people in cities and wildlife in areas they should live.
- There is an overpopulation of coyotes which is creating an urban coyote problem and their territories are expanding,
- Nature is remarkable but problems and imbalances exist and require intervention – it is ideal to allow nature to takes its course but the urban coyote problem is a good example where nature needs some help given the need for public safety and lack of predictors in cities – coyotes are not meant to be the top of the food chain and go unchecked,
- Coexistence with wildlife is a concept most people will agree with. This phrase is being used in a deceptive way by coyote coexistence advocates and wildlife advocates meddling or drawn into the urban coyote coexistence problem. If we make the statement that we should coexist with wildlife in the wild it takes on a different meaning and expectation. If we make the statement to coexist with enjoyable wildlife and not dangerous wildlife in cities; most would agree. Many would agree that dangerous wildlife should not exist in cities and we should not be expected to coexist with dangerous wildlife in cities.
- Government and coyote advocates and wildlife advocates have failed to recognize that urban coyotes are dangerous animals and/or they are deceiving the public by dropping or hiding the term “dangerous”. Governments are being pressured by vocal coyote/wildlife advocates to avoid the truth and are therefore posting signs to make us aware of the presence of coyotes but will not take the more important step of stating the danger. Some signs tell us to take steps to protect our pets and children but are not clear on the reason that coyotes can and will attack us on our streets or parks.
- The urban coyote problem is not because of people feeding them – this is coyote advocate propaganda and deception – we have garbage in cities, people feed their pets outside and some people feed wildlife such as birds but these sources of food are not enough to sustain a pack of urban coyotes in an urban area,
- We need to distinguish between wild animals in the wild and wild animals in urban centers. Public safety expectations in the wild and on city streets, parks and private properties should be different then outside of cities were wild animals should thrive and play their role in biodiversity.
- Wildlife advocates need to educate themselves on the problems urban coyotes are causing and stop hiding behind an attachment to an ideal of coexistence with dangerous wildlife in urban centers in a deceptive way. They should not be able to influence public safety or dangerous wildlife safety in urban centers. The laws should be clear to protect people in cities and the legal pets people have in cities. Pets should have the right to freedom of movement on their owners property without risk of being attacked by urban coyotes allowed to roam at large in a city.
- Cities have by-laws to protect people from animals and police forces to maintain public safety. Urban coyotes are not permitted pets and are a danger to public safety (pet safety should be included in public safety to protect pets and people walking pets who when confronted by urban coyotes are at risk of getting injured protecting their pets)
- Coyotes disrupt the urban biodiversity (killing enjoyable wildlife),
- Coyotes are dangerous unpredictable wildlife that belong in the wild and not in urban centers,
- Coyotes are territorial and will kill small and large dogs to protect their urban territory,
- Coyotes commonly kill cats, (missing cats in areas increases when coyotes are sighted, cats kill mice which is welcomed by residents vs coyotes which will kill mice, dogs, cats, attack people and bring diseases into communities)
- Coyotes have attacked small children and adults, (one recent case in which a coyote grabbed a small child and tried to drag the child from a public play ground until the father successfully scared it off. Attacks on adults is increasing as the urban coyote problem grows)
- Government response is often to be aware of coyotes and keep you pets and children safe – but it is unclear what this really means. Often signs tell us that coyotes are in the area but do not appropriately warn people of the danger and more importantly take action to prevent the need for the warning – the public safety issue is not being addressed. Often elected government officials are more concerned about the avoiding the controversial created by the killing wildlife or an animal. The reality is coyotes need to be trapped an hunted to control the population and more importantly to control public safety in urban centers,
- Urban coyotes commonly travel and hunt in packs, (they will circle people watching a pet)
- Coyotes have attacked pets on leash and pets in backyards,
- Coyotes can climb fences to enter residential backyards,
- Hazing (stand tall, (which young children can’t physically do) throwing things (such as rocks and sticks – new way to enjoy a walk in your parks equipped with coyote protection), shouting and trying to scare urban coyotes off and make coyotes feel unwelcome) is not an effective way of controlling coyotes (pushing the problem to your neighbors and why would we scare them off if we want them in our cities),
- Coyotes are curious as are people and many animals. Coyote advocates use this to deceive people about the actual “danger” from coyotes observing/following people and/or pets and waiting for the opportunity to attack for food, (they are not curious but rather hungry and looking for the next meal and not looking to make friends with their urban neighbors)
- Urban coyotes do not have predators to control their population (wolves or bears are not permitted to roam at large in most urban centers),
- It is legal to trap and hunt coyotes (check your local authorities) to control their population which to date has not been effective given the voice of coyote advocates and misguided wildlife protection deception campaigns (ironically coyotes are killing enjoyable wildlife and throwing the biodiversity out of balance),
- Trappers are licensed professionals. Like every profession there are always some that break the rules (we also have lawyers, accountants and doctors who go to jail for doing wrong). Trappers are necessary as are tapping and hunting associations that we need to understand and respect them. Trappers may not have written thesis or have a PHD but they have real life experience of what is actually happening and see coyote problems regularly. Seldom does the media quote local trappers on how they can and should deal with urban coyotes.
- Some communities initiate trapping programs after experiencing coyote sightings (people feel threatened) and/or attacks on pets while many other communities are afraid to take steps because of the vocal voices of wildlife advocates. (who are willing to sacrifice pets for their misguided cause)
- Urban development is not the cause of the urban coyote growth in population – this is part of the deception campaign of coyote advocates to make people feel responsible for this problem and therefore sympathize and tolerate these wild animals roaming at large in cities with no proposed solution,
- Coyotes cannot be trapped and relocated as they are territorial and introducing a coyote into another coyote occupied territory will lead to a natural wildlife killing, (other communities do not want coyote problems)
- Coyotes appear to be breading with wolves which are commonly called coywolf which introduces more unknowns and dangers,
- Urban coyotes carry diseases which can be transmitted to pets and people, (this is not being monitored or addressed by health officials and governments),
- Coyotes cost residents damages; in millions of dollars in wildlife compensation, cost of installing sensor lights, installing fencing (which coyotes can climb over), loss of loved pets, risk to public safety, loss of enjoyment of private and public space (people are forced to keep dogs on a short leash and children close by (modern day martial law).
- There is a very high cost of allowing and protecting a wild animal (urban coyotes) to roam at large on our public streets and private properties with the deception that we should protect this animal at all costs,
- The media reports coyote attacks (many tragedies remain private and are not reported) but are expected to get quotes from “experts” which commonly are wildlife advocates, biologist or government officials who are paid to protect animals therefore dismiss the fact that a urban coyote problem exists and use statements to deceive the public to protect coyotes.
- To date there has not been a successful personal injury lawsuit or class action law suite to address the damages by coyotes and the negligence by advocates and governments who ignore the urban coyote problem.
If anyone can find another qualified source(s) to validate these statement ; please advise and validate it below
Coyote territory is expanding which is not related to urban development.
Coyotes can climb backyard fences.
https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/risks/ (many reported attacks by urban coyotes- people, cats and dogs)
https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/family-pet-snatched-by-coyote-in-lonoke-co/1374369870 (video of cat attack by coyotes)
coyote sightings report Aug 24 – Feb 17 Collingwood_0001 (sample of the reported sighting and concerns in the Town of Collingwood)
OWDCP 2017-18 Program Stats by predator (insight into the damages paid through wildlife compensation funds)
http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/our-services/urban-wildlife-management/ (perspective from an expert in removing coyotes from urban centers – HAZING does not work!!!)