Deputation 04-30-2018

Coyote Concerns Collingwood
Resident Advocate

Deputation April, 30, 2018

Town of Collingwood Town Council

 

Coyote Population Problem

 

Coyote Harvesting Reality

  • North American Fur Auctions – held four times a year in Toronto
  • February 26 – March 4, 2018 Auction
  • “NAFA’s offering of 74,000 Coyotes wrapped up today’s sale and as expected, sold 100% at prices that advanced more than 20% overall under strong competition from Hong Kong, China and Europe.”
  • May 2018 Sale (As of April 24, 2018)
  • 90,000 coyotes are available for auction
  • http://www.nafa.ca/exciting-premiere-offering-nafas-may-sale/

Problem

A. We need to understand the coyote over population issue and the way in which trapping and hunting has been used as an effective control of wildlife population since the founding of Canada;

  • Policy decisions are simple and effective and could have been made months ago,

B. If Collingwood goes down the path with coyote advocates and animal activist’s – to coexist with dangerous coyote wildlife in our urban center habitat;

  • Policy will be set with misleading information – to protect coyotes,
  • Collingwood will be deceived by questionable investigations and the wildlife feeding charade – to follow the coexistence script/misinformation and distract from the actual problem and damages to residents and enjoyable wildlife,
  • Education campaign of residents on misguided policy putting residents and pets at risk.

Solutions

A. Control Coyote Population
Remove coyotes which are roaming at large frequently in Collingwood,

  • Protect enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood,
  • Create a safe urban habitat for people and pets,
  • Avoid significant damages to residents,
  • Current cost and future cost $5,000 – $10,000 per year for Coyote Management,
  • Restore enjoyment of life in Collingwood.

B. Protect urban coyotes in Collingwood

  • Satisfy coyote advocates,
  • More attacks and killing of pets – coexistence model waits for tragedy to react,
  • Unsafe streets, trails, parks and yards,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life of residents in Collingwood – living with stress and fear of unpredictable wild animals roaming at large.

Coyotes Are Present in Collingwood

Collingwood Coyote Sightings

Coyote Advocate – Coyote Watch Canada

  • What do I do if I see a coyote?
  • “Seeing a coyote should not be cause for alarm. Like all other urban wildlife, they’re looking for food, water and shelter. However, if the coyote is approaching you or in an area that you’re not comfortable with (your backyard, a busy park), consider hazing it (see below) to scare it away.” We recommend that apart from disclosing the location of the sighting to us, you keep that information confidential in order to protect the coyotes”.
  • Source of information; http://www.coyotewatchcanada.com/site/coyote-faqs 04-26-2018

Coexistence Models Threshold for Removing Coyotes

  • There are several models in the following slides indicating the appropriate time to remove urban coyotes.
  • Under the “7 Steps of Coyote Aggression”
  • Collingwood has reached the steps for recommended removal of coyotes.
  • Under the “Threshold for Coyote Removal”
  • Collingwood has reached the “concern” threshold for recommended removal.

Aggression Steps of Coyotes

7 Steps Of Coyote Aggression
We often get asked by land owners and municipalities, when should a coyote be removed. The 7 Steps of Aggression, developed by researchers in California provides a definitive answer to that question. The 7 Steps are,
#1…An increase in observing coyotes on streets and in yards at night
#2…An increase in coyotes approaching adults/ or taking pets at night
#3…Early morning or late afternoon daylight observance of coyotes on streets and in parks and yards
#4…Daylight observance of coyotes chasing or taking pets
#5…Coyotes attacking or taking pets on leash or in close proximity to their owners: coyotes chasing Joggers, Bicyclist, and other adults
#6…Coyotes seen in and around children play areas, school grounds, and parks mid-day
#7…Coyotes acting aggressively towards adults mid-day

This progression of behaviors has been adopted for use in evaluating and deciding thresholds for management actions in jurisdictions across the country. Typically most management entities consider taking some sort of action to remove the offending coyote(s) or otherwise reduce the risk to human safety once stages 4 or 5 are reached. It is our recommendation, based on our experience, that action be taken at stage 2 before the situation escalates.

Threshold for Coyote Removal

Coyote Problem has Escalated In Collingwood

  • Acceptable thresholds (other then by coyote advocates) have been exceeded without the removal of coyotes in Collingwood,
  • A petition by Coyote Concerns Collingwood has over 406 people requesting the removal of coyotes from Collingwood
  • https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/petition/

Implications

  • Informed residents have lost enjoyment of life in Collingwood,
  • Safety concerns on their own private properties,
  • Restricted on where and when to take pets out,
  • Invisible fences have become unusable,
  • Do not walk at night on Collingwood streets,
  • Avoid Collingwood parks and trails,
  • Residents have had pets attacked and killed and feel scared and threatened by this dangerous situation,
  • In response to several months of concerns; residents have been asked through Town of Collingwood coexistence policy (Staff Report C2018-10) to incur costs to protect their pets and children and learn to coexist,

Exposure to Collingwood

  • Beyond the threat and danger from urban habituated coyotes allowed to roam at large in Collingwood. There will be a next tragedy.
  • There are potential legal consequences now and in the future,
  • Town of Collingwood could be faced with a class action lawsuit,
  • The exposure to Collingwood far exceeds the few thousand dollars to remove coyotes/coywolves/coydogs now and potentially annually,
  • This is not a complicated decision when you ignore political pressure by advocates/activists to make the right policy decision for resident and pet safety and the impact on recreational revenues in Collingwood.

In Summary

References

https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/

https://www.nature.com/news/485296a-i2-0-jpg-7.4444?article=1.10635https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/sites/default/files/resources/coyote%20fact%20sheet%20community%20action%20final.pdf

http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/our-services/urban-wildlife-management/http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/7-steps-of-coyote-aggression/