Thesis on Urban Coyote Problem

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.
https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/…/thesis-on-urba…/

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There is an overpopulation of coyotes which is creating an urban coyote problem and their territories are expanding,
  4. 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,
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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,
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. Coyotes disrupt the urban biodiversity (killing enjoyable wildlife),
  12. Coyotes are dangerous unpredictable wildlife that belong in the wild and not in urban centers,
  13. Coyotes are territorial and will kill small and large dogs to protect their urban territory,
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. 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,
  17. Urban coyotes commonly travel and hunt in packs, (they will circle people watching a pet)
  18. Coyotes have attacked pets on leash and pets in backyards,
  19. Coyotes can climb fences to enter residential backyards,
  20. 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),
  21. 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)
  22. Urban coyotes do not have predators to control their population (wolves or bears are not permitted to roam at large in most urban centers),
  23. 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),
  24. 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.
  25. 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)
  26. 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,
  27. 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)
  28. Coyotes appear to be breading with wolves which are commonly called coywolf which introduces more unknowns and dangers,
  29. Urban coyotes carry diseases which can be transmitted to pets and people, (this is not being monitored or addressed by health officials and governments),
  30. 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).
  31. 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,
  32. 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.
  33. 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!!!)

 

Urban coyotes what can be done

Coyotes are present in Collingwood and many other cities.

 

What can and should be done; (sadly it is complicated and ineffective to date – government involvement leads to common circular action + ineffective policy + costly waste of money of tax payers (costs to protect ourselves from coyotes and government fund for coyote damages costs millions)

 

a) educate yourself – be aware that urban coyotes kill pets and have attacked people with reluctance by many to address the problem – many of the unfortunate tragedies dismissed, mischaracterized and trying to falsely blamed others by officials who should take action. This Facebook group has documented many attacks, the coyoteconcernscolllingwood.com website reports many attacks. Dogs and cats are at risk outside when coyotes are present which is unpredictable. As we know coyotes are territorial and will kill dogs and cats to protect the territory of Collingwood they now roam at large and live in. We know dogs have been attacked and killed and cats have gone missing (which is common in other areas in which coyotes have moved in)

Try and avoid coyotes and scare them away. If you encounter them – yell and throw things at them (haze). If you run from them they are more likely to attack as they are more likely to consider you as fleeing prey.

b) call 911 (Collingwood OPP) and report coyotes in the area as an immediate threat to public safety – police have not taken action to remove coyotes when calls are made. Police have referred people to MNRF knowing that nothing will be done. Collingwood OPP shot a dog mistakenly as a coyote several years ago and have been refusing to remove coyotes.

c) report the sighting to the Town of Collingwood. They have made a sighting form available (for non emergency sightings and is used for information purposes only – no action will be taken.) Most likely to follow-up and educate you on feeding wildlife) https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/59f3a618d65f48e88e2d61dd319d368b. We know they are not committed to removing the threat that coyotes pose. Their focus is to protect coyotes roaming at large in Collingwood and spend resources to try and blame people feeding wildlife as the root of the problem and suggesting this is the solution to having coyotes move on to another area. The Town has embarked on a coexistence approach to haze coyotes to make them feel not welcome and move on – we know this is not an effective remedy but in the best interest of protecting urban coyotes.

d) ask the MNRF to take action as they are responsible for wildlife in Ontario – allowing for licensing to openly hunt coyotes year round. They are not effective in controlling coyote population and are therefore promoting co-existence with urban coyotes with advice to in effect take action to protect our pets, children and property which include building fences around our properties (which we know coyotes will climb) The MNRF has been negligent in controlling coyote population which is contributing to the urban coyote problem.

e) hire a trapper and have the coyote removed – it is a threat to public safety – it is a problem and nuisance and not a permitted animal to live in Collingwood which under Collingwood by-laws can/should be removed and under MNRF laws coyotes can be trapped and or hunted (but not hunted in Collingwood under the firearm bylaw). Some local trappers will not engage based on the Town of Collingwood coexistence policy and given the complications of trapping in residential areas (potentially trapping unintended animals such as dogs off of leash)

 f) sadly we are at risk and currently public resources will not engage to address this problem.

 

g) wait for another tragedy to engage people (residents and policy makers) to take action to remove this ongoing threat and danger in Collingwood.

 

h) be aware of Coyote Watch Canada which runs a deceptive coyote advocate campaign influencing cities to protect coyotes while putting pets and people at risk. Taxpayers end you paying for their services to protect coyotes.

i) educate coyote advocates and animal activist that coyotes are dangerous in cities, attacking and killing pets and restricting our enjoyment of our properties and city – coyote advocates are doing more harm then good. Protecting urban coyotes which belong in the wild while sacrificing public safety in our cities.

j) other strategies can be taken such as municipal government and police oversight complaints and law suits. Deputations to Town Council have been attempted with limited effectiveness and should be continued. Town of Collingwood is aware they are negligent.

Deputation Town of Collingwood 04-16-2018

Deputation on Behalf of Coyote Concerns Collingwood

April 16, 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to stand before you and insure you have some resident input and representation at tonight’s meeting.

Unfortunately, the approved agenda did not provide a fair representation of the coyote problem.

I ask that the Resident Report submitted to Council be considered – especially the extensive comments from residents on issues we are facing with coyotes roaming at large in Collingwood. An review the petition with the link at www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com which has 383 supporters to remove coyotes from Collingwood – very telling stories.

As you are aware I have sent directly to Council members information which has been omitted from Staff Report C2018-10 such as;

  1. Damages caused by coyotes. 04-15-2018 email
  2. Incidents in other communities by coyotes – a older women walking her dog on leash in Markham, the attach of a six year old boy in a park – dragged by a coyote – in my email 04-15-2018
  3. Concerns from residents over their parents who walk small dogs – email 04-15-2018
  4. By-laws are currently in place to deal with the coyote problems – the Town is contravening their own by-laws by harbouring coyotes on Town property – email 04-15-2018 to several council members
  5. The Resident Report was sent directly to Council members 04-15-2018, 04-14-2018
  6. Agenda issues were sent to all council members. The misstating of the motion from Committee on the coyote concerns.
  7. Emails from residents who tragically had their pets killed.
  8. Email on diseases carried by coyotes which effect pets and people.
  9. Over a 100 emails exchanged with staff to educate staff on coyote concerns.

I do not have enough time to go through in detail and provide you with analysis of Staff Report C#2018-10. I assure you that given sufficient time; I can coordinate a more through argument on why C2018-10 should be defeated. The current Resident Report begins to give you some insight to the many issues this report causes to residents of Collingwood.

Based on the presentation of resident issues and the outcome of the Corporate & Community Standing Services Committee Meeting 04-09-2018 staff report C2018-10 was not approved at committee level. There was agreement to take action to remove coyotes immediately – this action has not been taken by staff.

Given the issues with the planned coexistence policy which allows wild urban coyotes roaming at large in Collingwood while recognizing pets are at risk – the Staff Report was developed very clearly with the reported attacks and killings of pets in Collingwood recently – but took the approach of cut and paste policy from other communities with no stats on the level of pet attacks or killings or the investment residents had to make to protect their pets – after the coexistence policy was approved by government.

Residents told you the Staff Report stats made no sense.

The coexistence concept may appear to you to be presented well by Staff – but examine how they developed their recommended policy – they obtained a copy of policy from other cities – cities that Collingwood residents had no input on – but they failed in the most critical part of policy development – being the impact and consequences.

Collingwood is now faced with a –  quick policy development process which failed in a critical success factor for good policy development. By staff who do not deal with wildlife. Residents in Collingwood have been living the impact of coexistence policy and we have on camera for you the impact – including tears from families who had their loved pets attacked and killed recently.

The quality of life in parts of Collingwood has deteriorated substantially under the continuation of the current coexistence coyote policy supported by staff. Staff have dismissed resident concerns, but Council is accountable to residents and should examine the proposed policy while keeping the interests of residents as the key deciding factor – residents vote and pay taxes while coyotes do not.

It is critical for Council to stand up for residents’ concerns and vote in favour of the interest of residents over coyote advocates.

Wildlife is an important factor in a healthy Collingwood community – removing wild urban coyotes or dangerous wildlife will protect enjoyable Collingwood wildlife as we have grown to enjoy. The fact of the matter is urban coyotes which frequent Collingwood are devasting our wildlife – killing deer, rabbits and swans – which we are aware of.

The image you should picture for coexistence is not coyotes roaming in the wild – but rather a coyote walking down our streets with a dead cat in its mouth, devouring a rabbit on a person’s lawn or a bloody deer staggering along our waterfront – this is what residents are seeing lately while current policy allows coyotes a large. This is how residents are seeing wildlife and visons of the fear for pet safety.

The campaign to protect coyotes and wildlife in Collingwood by coyote advocates is misleading – and should not be relied on to set policy. The facts and horror residents have experienced is not in their stats, their stories or in their case at all. I appreciate coyote advocates are out in full force tonight as they have a lot at stake to protect their failing policy – we as residents also have a lot at stake tonight – much more then this failed policy – safety and quality of life in Collingwood.

 

Education is critical in society and in the case of coyote problems. The key to education is to develop the right curriculum to succeed – I know this as professionally I have published curriculum around the world.

The problem we are facing in Collingwood is that Staff are controlling the education campaign with the sole focus of maintaining a misunderstood notion of coexistence.

The upcoming Town of Collingwood sponsored “Living with Coyotes” should be appropriate education which includes the experiences Collingwood residents have encountered while living with coyotes under the existing and proposed coexistence policy.

Council should make a motion tonight to ensure Town sponsored events on the subject of coyotes is fairly presented to educate residents appropriately. This upcoming event – sponsored on the Town Website –  should allocate equivalent time for scheduled speakers and allow time for resident advocates such as Coyote Concerns Collingwood. I would be happy to speak and coordinate other speakers on behalf of residents.

In concept we all agree with the idea of coexistence in our very diverse world. But we are being mislead in the use of coexistence in the context of expecting wild unpredictable animals to live in our cities without consequences – being the killing of our loved pets and the increasing risk of children being attacked and injured by these animals.

As a parent I am not willing to take the risk of these animals crossing my property frequently, walking on our streets, in our parks and trails.

I and my neighbors throughout Collingwood and their pets have the right to a be safe in Collingwood – not a Collingwood that harbours prohibited species such as coyotes as identified in our by-laws – principled in a mandate and service offering by the Town of Collingwood to protect residents and our pets – from safety threats such as we are facing from wild unpredictable urban coyotes that attach and kill pets as normal behaviour.

There is a place for coyotes to roam at large and thrive in a habitat – but it is not in the streets, parks, trails or private properties of Collingwood. There is always a need for wildlife advocates – but this is a time we need resident advocates to fight for the rights of Collingwood residents – starting with elected Council members.

On April 13-2018 I sent you and email – to recommend action for tonight’s meeting.

As follows;

  1. Council vote to reject Staff Report C#2018-10 as proposed.
  2. Council support the motion from the Corporate & Community Standing Services Committee of 04-09-2018 to remove the threat and danger from coyotes in East Collingwood immediately and extend this to the other areas of Collingwood where urban coyotes have been sighted, as they are a threat and danger to residents and pets.
  3. Council direct staff to develop an appropriate urban coyote education plan to;
    1. Communicate to residents and visitors of Collingwood the danger of urban coyotes,
    2. Develop steps to take when you encounter a urban coyote in Collingwood,
    3. Urban Coyotes are dangerous,
    4. Do not approach or feed,
    5. Protect your pet and children immediately,
    6. If they approach – attempt to scare them off by yelling, throw things, back off slowly – do not turn and run as they may chase you as prey.
    7. Call Collingwood # TBD for an immediate response,
  1. Establish a Town of Collingwood Urban Coyote service that responds to urban coyote sightings and uses wildlife agent(s) to remove urban coyotes from Collingwood.
  2. Develop an urban coyote long term population control plan to prevent coyotes from entering Collingwood and becoming habituated in Collingwood.
  3. Work with neighboring communities to jointly address population control of coyotes and prevent coyotes from becoming habituated within our populated areas.
  4. Education program to protect wildlife of Collingwood by preventing the devastation of enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood from urban coyotes.

Failed Coexistence Policy with Coyotes in Collingwood

Failed Coexistence with Coyotes in Collingwood

Coyote Concerns Collingwood – Resident Report

Issued April 12, 2018 (Version 12:01 pm) Revised 04-13-2018

To begin to understand the coyote concerns in Collingwood and respond on behalf of residents; we need to be clear on what the problem actually is and use the appropriate terms to discuss this matter to reduce the misinformation being used to set policy.

Problem

  1. The problem is the over population of coyotes.
  2. Town of Collingwood to date has dismissed residents concerns while supporting a coexistence campaign – by default accepting pets being killed. Coyotes are wild animals who will kill pets for food.
  3. Misinformation is being used to hide the problem of the danger and threat of urban coyotes such as signage “Coyotes may be present” with contradicting measures to take.
  4. Pets are missing, being attacked and killed in Collingwood at an alarming rate.
  5. The OPP have refused to respond to coyote threats, by-law department will not respond and animal control will not respond to coyotes concerns.
  6. Town of Collingwood sees the solution as educating 20,000 residents and many more visitors to coexist with wild dangerous urban coyotes while suggesting attacks/threats/ killings are the fault of uneducated residents and visitors.
  7. Education is needed but the education has to be about the danger of coyotes, steps to take if coyotes enter Collingwood, and the approach to deal with the remove of urban coyotes from Collingwood.
  8. The following video helps provide an overview of the urban coyote population problem and the outcome if coexistence is allowed in urban centers http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/our-services/urban-wildlife-management/

Coexistence with Coyotes

We need to understand the difference between the notion of coexistence with enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood, coexistence in the wild with wildlife and coexistence with dangerous wildlife roaming at large in Collingwood. The use of the term coexistence in each of these situations has a very different outcome.

We also need to distinguish between coyotes, packs of coyotes, and urban/habituated coyotes.

The term “coyote” should refer to a single coyote commonly seen in the wild – treed area away from an urban center, who is unaccustomed to interaction with people.

The term “pack of coyotes” had been an uncommon term until recently where they are now more common in Collingwood – this may be the evolution of the coyote with wolf species who appear to have evolved to hunt as a pack in or around cities.

The “urban or habituated coyote” is one that is frequently around people in Collingwood and accustomed and fearless of people – therefore more likely to approach people and attack pets on private property or streets, parks or trails of Collingwood.

Collingwood is frequented with urban/habituated coyotes. The sightings are being misinterpreted by staff. The regular and constant sightings of coyotes means people are threatened by the presence of these urban coyotes. To suggest we educate people to deal with the threat as the resolve is irresponsible as we now should realize these animals are looking for food and willing and capable of killing our pets. This is not acceptable by residents of Collingwood while advocates of coexistence accept this a casualty of the coexistence policy.

Problem/Nuiscance Coyotes

The term “problem coyote(s)” or “nuisance coyote”is being used within coexistence programs to address situations in which incidents/attacks happen in urban areas and therefore it is determined that action is necessary to remove these specific coyotes. The thinking is that coyotes are not a problem until they attack.

The problem with this thinking is the urban coyotes are a problem as they are looking for opportunities to attack. The longer they frequent Collingwood the less fearless they become of residents which increases the threat and attacks.

Incidents with Coyotes – Attacks and Killings

Coexistence advocates focus on statistics on the attacks on people which is growing at an alarming rate. The position is people are unlikely to be attacked. The concern with this thinking is that wild urban coyotes are at large in Collingwood and killing our pets, fearless of humans and it is logical to be concerned about the risk to small children. We should not wait to see if this happens and becomes a tragic statistic to effect policy.

Attacks on pets, missing pets and pets which are killed is not available accurately. We have experienced a number of pet attacks and killings in Collingwood – cats and dogs.

Enjoyable Wildlife vs Dangerous Wildlife

We all enjoy wildlife, want to protect wildlife but we are being mislead by the context in which coexistence with wildlife is being proposed in the Town of Collingwood Staff report C#2018-10.

Enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood should be protected by allowing it to roam at large; example, rabbits, deer, birds.

Dangerous wildlife should be term we introduce in Collingwood and prohibit it from roaming at large in Collingwood. Coyotes, coywolves coy dog, wild dogs, bears, wolves, cougar, should be included in this category. Animal by-laws should be expanded to protect residents from dangerous wildlife.

Wildlife advocates/activists do not respect the consequences of dangerous wildlife on residents in Collingwood.  We all want to coexist with enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood and protect all wildlife in their natural habitat, but packs of dangerous urban coyotes within the city of Collingwood, on our streets, parks, trails and private properties should not be the vision of coexistence or the context in which it should be used.

Protection of Wildlife in Collingwood

It is misleading to suggest the protection of coyote wildlife in Collingwood actually protects wildlife in Collingwood. The protection of urban coyotes is devastating the enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood. Residents are reporting the devastation of deer, rabbits and swans which are enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood. Residents are actually witnessing  and finding the remains of the horrific destruction of wildlife on their properties rather then continuing to enjoy our wonderful enjoyable wildlife.

Coyote Concerns Collingwood – Petition

The request to remove coyotes from Collingwood is based on the need for public safety, quality of resident life and pet life and protection of enjoyable wildlife.

https://www.change.org/p/town-of-collingwood-clerk-salmas-collingwood-ca-coyote-concerns-in-collingwood-ontario-canada

Collingwood Animal Right Advocate – Petition

This is misleading residents as coyotes are grouped with the protection of wildlife.

https://www.change.org/p/collingwood-animal-right-advocate-team-protect-the-wildlife-in-collingwood-coyotes-at-risk

A resident perspective in response to this petition.

Devastation of Wildlife by Coyotes – Wake-up Activist – Get Informed

 

Consequences of Existing Coexistence Policy by Collingwood

The consequence of coexistence with the urban/habituated coyotes has played out in Collingwood under the current coexistence policy with the outcome of having created danger and a threatening situation for pets and potentially people – small children, pet owners protecting pets or people caught between a coyote and prey.

Residents have complained and have been dismissed under the current coexistence policy proposed by Staff  in Staff Report C#2018-10 and approved by Council to date.  Many pets have been attacked and killed, residents are threatened and the quality of life in parts of Collingwood has deteriorated with the deterioration of safety.

If you examine the testimonials by residents you will realize the current policy has failed. You will also realize the comments relating to the proposed recommendations in Staff report C#2018-10 are ridiculous and clearly not in the best interests of residents.

Standing Committee Meeting 04-09-2018 – Recording;

http://www.rogerstv.com/media?lid=237&rid=72&gid=292285

The testimonials by Collingwood residents on the impact of the current coexistence policy begins at time stamp 1.05:41

Staff Report C2018-10 Coyote Management – Analysis and Comparison to Resident Report Recommendations

https://collingwood.civicweb.net/document/11435  (see coyote management)

Staff Report recommends the following:

Council approve and support the Coyote Management / Communication
Plan and practices in place regarding co-existence with coyotes, enhancing the public
education and awareness campaign, AND FURTHER THAT Council request assistance from local physicians, veterinarians, wildlife experts and residents, regarding coyote encounters / conflicts
with pets and humans, in order for the Town to collect and monitor further data against baseline information to determine if a coyote trapping program should be supported in areas where it is determined that coyotes have become habituated and may pose a higher risk in a localized area of the community.

Issues identified in the Staff Report:

  1. Staff: All department heads have reviewed and accept coexistence policy being recommended to Council.
    1. No resident review or consultation before the report was issued.
  2. Analysis Section 4 of the Staff Report
    The first numbered points are from the report and the indented numbered comment is a resident perspective.
  3. Staff: Collingwood has seen an increase in the number of coyote
    sightings

    1. Resident: Report fails to acknowledge attacks and killing of pets and the fact that sightings are concerns.
    2. Resident: Report fails to demonstrate the areas coyotes have been sighted in to demonstrate the magnitude of this issue.
  4. Staff: The Town has created a wildlife webpage containing, among other things, information regarding how to prevent encounters with coyotes and how to react if you do find yourself in proximity to the animal
    1. Resident: The Town has failed to advise residents of the danger of coyotes.
    2. Resident: The Town has not put measures in place to remove the danger.
  5. Staff: Officers are not trained or experienced in wildlife matters and are not
    equipped to deal with or assess wildlife. (reference is by-law officers)

    1. Resident: These are the people who created the staff report and are recommending policy which affects the safety of residents and pets – the policy to allow coyotes to roam at large.
    2. Resident: We need to engage wild life professionals to remove coyotes from Collingwood.
  6. Staff: 198 reports filed (sightings)
    1. Resident: Residents have made these sightings as they are concerned and threatened by the presence of coyotes. The staff has been misinterpreting this data as a need to educate residents to not fear these animals and how to coexist
    2. Residents have evolved communications to report coyote sightings among residents for safety reasons.
    3. Many coyote sightings have not been reported the Town of Collingwood or OPP as residents realize no action will be taken.
  7. Staff: By-law staff does not currently follow up with coyote reports
    1. Resident: Pets are being attacked and killed with no follow-up or action.
  8. Staff: Between March 23, 2018 and March 29, 2018, the by-law department has been made
    aware of two suspected coyote attacks on two different pets (domestic dogs) in the East
    end of Collingwood, near Blue Shores subdivision. The first incident resulted in the
    unfortunate death of a 13 y/o dog and the second suspected attack resulted in a $1000
    + Veterinary bill. Town staff followed up with the owner(s) of these dogs in both reported
    incidents.
    Prior to the two reported cases, Town staff were only aware of one other incident that
    allegedly occurred on January 23, 2018, involving a domestic dog being attacked by a
    coyote outside of its home on Georgian Manor Drive.

    1. Resident: There are many more missing pets and killings we are becoming aware of through Coyote Concerns Collingwood efforts.
  9. Staff: While trapping may be an option, the trapper agreed that fearless urban
    coyotes would likely continue to be an issue unless the root causes of the problem have
    been addressed. Regardless, if there are specific habituated coyotes that are posing a
    significant threat to public safety, Council may want to consider a lethal removal option.

    1. Resident: Removal of coyotes is the resident recommendation under current laws in Ontario. The continued presence is a threat to public safety which include pets.
  10. Staff: The trapper indicated that he has received a request from an individual on Georgian Manor Drive, and based on the information provided, it appears that a pack of three coyotes have taken territory to this area. According to the trapper, residents are concerned that these three coyotes are posing a threat to pets and people living in the area. The trapper was requested to set up traps on three different properties but determined them not to be appropriate / safe locations to undertake a trapping program. If the Town decides to pursue trapping coyotes in this or other localized areas, more appropriate areas could be identified.
    1. Resident: This is not the case. The resident was in fact Jeff Brown who the trapper would not trap for without Town of Collingwood approval. The sites which residents approved were too visible for the trapper but could be effective. If the Town was to work with residents; Town property in the East Collingwood area could be used with resident private properties.
  11. Staff: MNRF “the key to addressing conflicts between people and coyotes, particularly in urban environments, is to focus on what people can do to coexist with coyotes and to ensure that urban coyotes maintain a healthy and natural fear and avoidance of people.
    1. Resident: Problem is the MNRF is responsible for controlling the coyote population through authorized trapping and hunting programs. MNRF has failed in population control and is now are advising residents in cities such as Collingwood to coexist.
  12. staff: Coyote conflicts with dogs and cats are a fairly common occurrence in urban areas. It is not
    uncommon for habituated coyotes to go after small dogs. Even non-habituated coyotes
    that are fearful of humans may view cats or small dogs as prey.

    1. Resident: The coexistence policy acknowledges small dogs are at risk. In Collingwood we have had several dogs killed and attacked. This is part of the misleading aspect of coexistence policy – advocates of this policy accept the death of dogs and cats. Pet owners are expected to take unreasonable precaution  to allow a urban coyotes to roam at large.
  13. Staff: Staff recommend Council support and approve the Coyote Management /
    Communication Plan, attached as Appendix C. Staff will increase the awareness
    campaign, in addition to the already planned session being hosted by the Library with
    Coyote Watch Canada on co-existence with these animals.

    1. Resident: This is very disturbing and misleading. Education is always important but a coyote advocate group is not the appropriate source of the education. An unbiased and responsible education program needs to be developed with residents and pet protection  in mind and not urban coyote protection in city habitat.
    2. Resident: Coyote Watch Canada is often used by coexistence programs to reinforce the blame on residents. Part of their formula is suggesting an investigation is necessary to determine which resident(s) are feeding the coyotes – they visit sites to try and make this determination and blame residents while protecting coyotes roaming at large in cities.

Consequences of Staff Report C#2018-10 – Resident Perspective

  1. The quality of life has deteriorated under the current coexistence policy. The presence of  packs of dangerous urban coyotes has created fear in Collingwood residents.
    1. Fear to let their pets out on their private properties.
    2. Fear of walking their pets.
    3. Fear of individuals being on our streets at day or night.
    4. Fear to use our parks and trails.
  2. Pets have been attacked and killed.
  3. Residents are asked by the coexistence policy and forced to make unreasonable investments for protection; costing residents financial harm in addition to the emotional damage such as stress and hopelessness of Town of Collingwood’s failure to act.

Recommended Solution from Staff Report

  1. The solution of Staff Report C#2018-10 is to educate Collingwood residents to coexist and live with this fear while taking precautions to protect our pets and children while dealing with coyotes on a case by case situation.

Resident Report 04-12-2018 Coyote Concerns Collingwood Recommendations

  1. Remove urban coyotes from Collingwood which are frequent in areas of Collingwood. Their presence is threatening residents and pets and is dangerous.
  2. Abandon coexistence policy followed to date. (urban coyotes roaming at large in Collingwood)
  3. Establish a Town of Collingwood Urban Coyote Service that responds to urban coyote sightings and uses wildlife agent(s) to remove urban coyotes from Collingwood.
  4. Educate people on the danger and threat of urban coyotes, precautions to take to avoid harm to pets and children and the process to communicate their concerns to the Town of Collingwood for immediate action to remove the threat.
  5. Develop an appropriate communications program needed to be developed and distributed to residents. This must be done in collaboration with resident input and advisers – resident oversight committee.
  6. Develop an urban coyote long term population control plan to prevent coyotes from entering Collingwood and becoming habituated in Collingwood.
    1. Work with neighboring communities to jointly address population control of coyotes and prevent coyotes from becoming habituated within our populated areas.
  7. Develop an education program to protect wildlife of Collingwood by preventing the devastation of enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood from urban coyotes. Educate coyote advocates/activist and animal activist that Collingwood protects enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood.

It is important to understand the impact the coexistence policy is having on residents and pets in Collingwood. A sample of comments from Coyote Concerns Collingwood Facebook Group and petition are presented below.

Comments by Residents – Taken from Coyote Concerns Collingwood FaceBook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoyoteConcernsCollingwood/

John “Personal safety and enjoyment of property should always take precedence over coexistence. To paraphrase Councillor Lloyd, Councillors are elected to act on behalf of the people, not the coyotes.”

Janet “Mentioned in an earlier post my city friends are hearing about our coyote problem and phoning me asking if it’s safe to come here!!Tourist is one of the biggest incomes we have here and speaking as a small business owner along with owning a dog and cat!Wake up Council!!”

Janet “My friends in Toronto are hearing about our coyote problem and phoning me!Word travels quickly and soon Collingwood may not be the chosen getaway for the weekend!Wake up town council Tourism puts thousands of dollars into this town and I speak also as a small business owner along with owning a dog and cat!!”

Heather “I found a swan carcass and possibly an owl carcass in the swamp area in blue shores next to where people sit on the picnic bench to watch the sunsets, which seems to be their feeding area. This is also where I found the remains of my beloved dog that they killed”

Chelsea. “Hello Jeff, I’m contacting you because I know you are an active member within the coyote Facebook group and are acting as a voice for the residents of Collingwood during the city council meeting on Monday. I thought it may be beneficial if I shared my story with you. On Tuesday morning my dog was let out as per our usual morning routine. A routine that she has been doing for the last 15 years of her life safely. In just seconds she disappeared from our view from our kitchen window. My family was desperately searching for her, and instead of finding our beloved dog my mother found blood. This has left my family absolutely heartbroken, we have just lost a member of our family. There isn’t anything more heart shattering than losing someone you love, especially in such a vicious way. However, I want to put all my pain and energy into ensuring that this will not happen to other families. I want to ensure no other families have to endure the pain mine has been going through since Tuesday. This is a problem that can be solved. Collingwood citizens should not have to fear for their safety and the safety of those who they love. The coyotes are terrorizing our city. I never knew how bad the situation was until this tragedy happened, but this is why it’s important to bring it to light. Not only are the coyotes killing the deer and rabbit population, but our beloved pets as well. I hope my story has helped with your speech for the council. Thank you for taking the time to read it”.

David ” Like others, i have no desire to “co-exist” with bears, cougars, coyotes or any other creature that threatens my peaceful, safe and orderly enjoyment of my property.”

Julie ” I was also angry when I read the town’s recommendations. This is no way to live. My daughter saw a coyote walking beside our house this morning at 7:30am. Second time we notice. I feel fearful every time I step outside! I worry about my kids going to the bus stop.”

Lisa ” I won’t let my teens use the Spruce st trail short cut to get to CCI anymore. Also won’t take my 8 year old twins on trail hikes. I’m 5 feet tall. How large does one need to be to scare them off? They need to go!!”

Corrie “Council needs to know this to make more informed decisions regarding the very aggressive coyotes at GMD and Blue Shores.”

Tania “I absolutely love Collingwood, although at this point, i am considering taking our investment property and future properties! on the horizon outside of Collingwood- this issue has upset not only the residents, but us weekenders who contribute to the tax base and use minimal amenities!”

Kelly “I am a big fan of saving wildlife, and I never wish any harm placed upon them – sadly this is situation that is out of control, one again because of someone of authority not taking hold of the situation because it does not affect them. The town won’t remove old destructive trees, because they are dictated by the “tree huggers”. The town is still entertaining the idea of bringing in a casino because they are dictated by investors. Unless they lose their family pet, a child, or have virtually had the crap scared out of them they do not react to anything. Coyotes, Bears or wolves do not belong in our town! ”

Clinton “They’ve been on my little street a few times, on spruce and water street. They run the path behind balsam street. They’re also up near the tenth and cameron street trails. Seen this everywhere in town and have zero power to do anything!”

Lisa ” Why are so many people assuming we want them killed. No one has ever said that on this site. Trapping is Not killing…duh We want them controlled, relocated…Not killed!!!! We want our “pets” safe not killed either. Contrary to the activist site, in blue shores and along GMD there have been 2 dogs killed and 4 dogs attacked in the past 2 weeks.”

Diana ” Well it started to get light yesterday when I took my little guy out and that when I seen the coyote he was hiding I the trees of my neighbor yard”

Diana ” Those who oppose should do their home work, I have a fenced in yard and there was one on the other side of it this morning. At what cost will the town step in when a child or adult get hurts. This is our good old taxes dollar at work.”

Krista “I have two young boys and two dogs, all of which frequent the Nip Scooner Park, or at least used to. My boys are just old enough to go to the park unattended, and the park is the only one in the neighborhood close enough for them to do so alone. They are also now just old enough to start taking the dogs for short walks alone, again, Nip Scooner Park would have been an ideal location for them to do this at but now that the Coyotes have moved into the area and are clearly displaying brazen aggressive behavior, there is no way that we would ever dream of letting them do this. I’m sure I am not the only parent that will keep our kids away from this park, and how sad that our children are not able to walk our neighborhood with their pets, or play at our neighborhood park, all because we are being forced to cohabitate with wild animals, animals that are attacking and killing our pets and animals that could very well attack our young children that weigh less than some of the dogs that have been attacked. I feel helpless and scared even for myself as I no longer care to walk my dogs alone. What has happened to the beautiful town of Collingwood?”

Paula “Also out near Erie Street/Ontario st area including the legion park and also connaught public school”

Kelly “This article raises the problem that we have been living with – their behaviour is different than ‘normal’ and biologists are stumped as to why….
Regardless of ‘why’, their behaviour has become increasingly aggressive and is a Real threat to humans and their pets – all day, every day!!
Cohabitation is Not an option! They case our homes, show aggression, and thus we cannot let our pets out of our sight – in our own yards! Pet tragedy (attacks and death) has and is currently happening – to us and our neighbours and our beloved pets. Praying human tragedy isn’t what sparks action.
Come On Town of Collingwood!! Time For Action is NOW!!!”

Emerald “They frequent the park beside the legion across from me.”

Christine ‘ My husband is a lawyer and told me a couple of weeks ago they watched at least one coyote walking behind the courthouse in the middle of the day.”

Please review the comments at the Coyote Concerns Collingwood petition;

Some have been displayed below in this report to safe you time and allow you see in summary the fear, threat and death caused by your current coexistence policy.

https://www.change.org/p/town-of-collingwood-clerk-salmas-collingwood-ca-coyote-concerns-in-collingwood-ontario-canada

“Their presence is changing the way we live, they are a constant threat. Impossible to co-exist with a stalking wild animal!!!”

‘I have live here for over 28 years raised my children here and now I have a grandchild not only do I have to worry about my dog now I have to worry about grandchild. My yard is fenced in I did one morning find one trying to get into my yard…”

“The coyotes are dangerous & have no fear of humans. I have seen them at 9:30 am. They are attacking larger dogs now. We have many small grand children in our area on the weekends. Women are afraid to go across to a neighbour’s house at night. We are not allowed to fence our property to keep them out. The coyotes must be disposed of.”

“Our dog was bit by coyotes in our backyard; we have been approached by coyotes on our street; we are deeply concerned for our child’s safety. We are awoken most nights by the howling pack that lives in our neighborhood. We would very much like to feel safe here again.”

“This has been a problem in many communities and needs to end before more people or pets are hurt or killed. If the communities continue to ignore the problem it will only grow larger and larger each year coyotes will continue to breed and grow in numbers then it will be too late. Now is the time to act.”

“I am afraid for my small dog, have seen these animals around my yard which is fenced but they can jump fences I hear. That’s no good, we have the right to be not afraid to take our pets for walks and to leave in fenced yards.”

“I have seen coyotes regularly this past 5 months in and around my yard, mostly at night but have had some sightings during the day. They are bold and present a risk factor to children and appear to be getting used to humans around. I have lived in the Collingwood area for over 45 years and have never seen a single coyote up until recently when I have had numerous sightings. They are a danger to our community and are overpopulated.”

“I’m signing because I think residents have the right to be safe from these animals.”

“Wake up Town of Collingwood!
These are documented threats to our communities!”

“i have had half alive deer left on my property by coyotes and have had coyotes on the other side of my fence going after my dogs”

“Something MUST be done about the coyotes in our town,for the saftey of our children and our pets.We are living in a prison,confined to our homes,out of fear… Get your shit together Mayor Cooper and town counsellors and do something to help us…. Are we going to wait until a child or any other person is attacked?Pets have already been attacked and killed by these coyotes!”

“I worry about walking my dog at night especially because I’m so close to the trails and I can hear them howling not far from us”

“Living on the trail system with three young kids and our family pet. I’m afraid to go out of the house at dusk. The coyotes have also been present in the Connaught school yard this is completely unsafe for our children.”

“Collingwood residents need to feel safe again.. something needs to be done before the town is overrun and the inevitable happens-a child being harmed.”

“We need action immediately… I have seen plenty out in cranberry and can hear them nightly close by…”

“I have two young boys and two dogs, all of which frequent the Nip Scooner Park, or at least used to. My boys are just old enough to go to the park unattended, and the park is the only one in the neighborhood close enough for them to do so alone. They are also now just old enough to start taking the dogs for short walks alone, again, Nip Scooner Park would have been an ideal location for them to do this at but now that the Coyotes have moved into the area and are clearly displaying brazen behavior, there is no way that we would ever dream of letting them do this. I’m sure I am not the only parent that will keep our kids away from this park, and how sad that our children are not able to walk our neighborhood with their pets, or play at our neighborhood park, all because we are being forced to cohabitate with wild animals, animals that are attacking and killing our pets and animals that could very well attack our young children that weigh less than some of the dogs that have been attacked. I feel helpless and scared even for myself as I no longer care to walk my dogs alone. What has happened to the beautiful town of Collingwood?”

“The town should step up to the plate before they have a class action law suit on their hands due to a disaster, God forbid, of injury or death to a human.”

“I have spent a lot of time researching this issue and communicating with the Town of Collingwood to uncover a misguided coexistence policy while coyotes are attacking and killing pets in Collingwood. This needs to stop with the removal of coyotes immediately and to return parks, trails, streets and private properties back to a safer state.
The lack of control of the coyote population is a scandal with millions of dollars being paid on coyote damage compensation and the creation of government jobs – all paid by taxpayers.”

“I’m signing because they pose a risk to myself and our pet, they come right outside my door and yip for the dog. They stay close even when I’m with her and she’s constantly on guard, so much so she won’t do her business. It’s also not only at night; I’m asking for help with displacement as the town is encroaching on their habitats.”

“Our dog was attacked in our back yard Tuesday night and required 50 stitches. He is a large dog and I was standing not 25 ft from him when he was attacked. The attack was less then 10 seconds”

“Our dog was taken from our back steps , carried away and gutted by coyotes on Friday night luckily after hours and hours of searching we found some remains. It is horrific to see that done to someone you love so much. He was almost 14 yrs and healthy and did not deserve to be killed in his supposed safe place. We are devastated by our loss. Please support us so this won’t happen again.”

“We lost our fur baby about a month and a half ago to coyotes in Collingwood ”

“Coyotes got our dog this past weekend in blue shores ”

“I live off off georgian manor drive and am terrified to bring my small child outside for a walk or to nip spooner park. We should not have to be afraid to enjoy our own property! This is a primarily urban area and the town needs to take action.”

Resident Report Email 04-12-2018_0001

email council 04-13-2018 Vote 04-16-2018_0001

Additional emails:

email council 04-13-2018 tragedy_0001

2018-02-20-90-full_coyote_sighting_report_S

email council 04-13-2018 coyote research_0001

Ontario Wildlife Damage Comp Simcoe County 2017_0001

Council email 04-10-2018 coyote removal decision_0001

Additional Resources:

http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/our-services/urban-wildlife-management/

http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/diseases-coyotes-can-carry-3/

http://scientificwildlifemanagement.com/coyotes-law-enforcement/

 

 

 

Speech 04-09-2018 Town of Collingwood

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard by Collingwood Council members – and people watching this taped session  – which is  about to be seen by many communities who are interested in regaining safety in their streets from failed coyote coexistence in cities government policy  – and learning how residents can organize and change failed government policy

I am  Jeff Brown – a resident of Collingwood acting on behalf  of informed and concerned residents of Collingwood- about  coyote concerns we face  –  problem and dangerous coyotes are roaming at large in Collingwood, threatening residents and pets, attacking and killing pets – causing nuisance  – devastating other wildlife such as rabbits, deer, fox, swans – which residents enjoy in  Collingwood  –  we need to stop this coyote horror in Collingwood.

Unfortunately this is an issue some residents may not have encountered yet  – although many have – people who have visited coyoteconcernscollingwood.com are commenting – I did not know this was so bad – we need to take action and remove coyotes from Collingwood – but many people have not been reached yet and are not informed- governments are often slow to respond – until tragedy happens – tragedy has hit Collingwood –  as pets have been killed in Collingwood by problem dangerous urban coyotes- once people are informed on the facts and risks which our government is withholding – and misleading us with misguided policy-  we can resolve this dangerous problem.

People will choose the right solution and pressure government to enforce the laws that are in place to protect residents and pets in Collingwood – and not hide behind  the games played by animal activists –  residents in Collingwood should not have to protest and sign a petition to remove coyotes –  for safety in Collingwood –  but we have been forced to play this game over the past month –  many cities have been struggling with coyotes –  people are moving to Collingwood to get away from problems in other communities – some of the same cities Staff are developing Collingwood policy from – cutting and pasting to create quick policy – as in the latest Staff report on the Coyote problem in Collingwood  – by Staff who do not deal with wildlife – uniformed policy for Collingwood residents –

Some large cities have chosen the path developed by activists to protect coyotes at all costs – while allowing pets to be attacked and killed as a consequence of failed coexistence policies of coyotes living in cities –

Some smaller cities – who have a closer relationship and are in touch with residents – and are more responsible governments – have compensation programs to control the coyote population issue  – even though there is a government mismanaged $1.5 billion Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program funding many government jobs – and is under review.

To which coyotes are 72% of the damage claims in Simcoe County–  this program highlights the costly damage of the over population of coyotes – millions of taxpayers dollars – cities that are not run by activists are taking action.

Progressive cities such as Montreal are proceeding with a trapping program with a $30,000.00 budget to rid the city of coyotes after resident complaints and attacks.

An America city had 68 complaints about coyotes and put a trapping program in place to trap 14 coyotes  for $1,800.00– Collingwood Staff did not understand why council made this decision when a biologist recommended coexistence to protect the coyotes– that Council acted on behalf of residents – a model that should be used in Collingwood

I have made recommendations to the Town of Collingwood to trap coyotes and even offered to pay the few thousand dollars – as have other residents –  to address this problem in a simple cost effect way – immediately – even though we have an annual $5,000,000 police service budget, plus animal control people and a by- law department to act on our laws and to ultimately protect residents and pets – Collingwood is not acting on our laws – coyotes have created a disturbing exception to laws -principled in protecting us.

To some people coyotes may be an old story and an over reaction by some – to the sad reality and deterioration of safety in many cities– the more time I have spent researching and investigating the issue of coyotes in cities –  I have found many disturbing facts – the alarming increase of attacks not reported by government coexistence advocates– the change in behaviour of urban coyotes –

Misleading and outdated government materials and advocates such as Coyote Watch Canada used by governments to blame residents for the coyote problem – the bias reports about ecosystem balancing and destroyed habitat are weak at best and misleading – we do not have a rabbit problem in Collingwood and if we did –  we would not allow coyotes at large to deal with it – coyotes are actually destroying the balance of wildlife in Collingwood – talk to farmers – talk to residents about the missing deer and swans and rabbits –in addition the coyote problem is not about the minimal habitat we destroyed – weak argument to blame us again.

The real coyote problem or blame of the coyote problem is the over population of coyotes – managed by the same government wanting us to coexist with coyotes after their failed population control– coyotes are multiplying and mobile – and entering areas in growing numbers

With my accounting background  and extensive legal experience I am uncovering the alarming financial damages coyotes are causing to residents and all taxpayers – and as a parent and concerned resident the damage from stress  of the threat of losing a pet or child, emotions of helplessness from government failing to act  and the loss of enjoyment of our city and enjoyable wildlife, while 20,000 residents are asked to change our lives to accommodate packs of dangerous wild coyotes – build fences – put up motion detection lights – stop feeding birds –  walk in groups – carry whistles – walk backwards…

Signs of ridiculous government policy at the cost to taxpayers – because our government is failing to act on our interests –  the upsetting role of activists which are setting misguided government policy –  with misinformation about the danger of urban coyotes – and devastation coyotes are doing to the wonderful wildlife in Collingwood and our pets-  from people far removed from the communities they are disrupting – such as Collingwood – people that we have not elected are creating policy in Collingwood – affecting safety issues on our streets to further their cause – of protecting wild dangerous urban coyotes- and the millions of  wasted taxpayers dollars governments are spending to hide this problem –

This is the basis for another TIME’S UP type of campaign – people need to report their coyote incidents – contact coyoteconcernscollingwood.com –  and report the failure of government to act – this abuse of power needs to stop – we demand safety in Collingwood –  the activists protecting a few dangerous coyotes while threatening our safety has to stop.

I am engaging media and investigative journalists to put a spotlight on the coyote problems.

 

If Council approve and support the Coyote Management / Communication Plan and practices in place regarding co-existence with coyotes, enhancing the public education and awareness campaign –  Staff Report C#2018-10 dated April 9, 2018 – as the solution to the coyote problem – residents will have to pursue litigation to help affect change as the courts are often called on to change policy and prevent  and stop negligent actions  –  there is no –  non confidence vote procedures in Municipal politics – yet – so we have to try other strategies.

I can’t share all of my extensive research in this short presentation but much of  it is available at www.coyoteconcerncollingwood.com. – which is a resident perspective that will conflict with government information and bias misleading activist information.

Please look at the Coyote Concerns Collingwood petition – and the opposing petition to protect coyotes –  and choose prevention of the killing of our pets and enjoyable wildlife  – over the protection of a few problem coyotes by activists – the dangerous urban wildlife coyotes – who belong in the wild – which under our laws can be trapped and removed from Collingwood. – they have caused damage and are threatening more damage daily.

Collingwood Staff and Council appear to be waiting to see if coyotes will hurt or kill a child – before they take action to remove this danger from our streets – the killing of our pets is not enough tragedy to take action to remove coyotes.

On April 2nd 2018 I sent an email to Council and Staff – the written submission for this meeting – it can be viewed at

www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/town-council-deputation-04-09-2018

I will share this TV taped program to help inform other residents in Collingwood and other communities struggling to deal with coyote concerns.

Here are a few additional thoughts to leave you with;

  1. I asked the Town of Collingwood to close down the Nip Spooner Park and address coyotes in Blue Shores – where three coyotes were frequenting – my concerns and those of others were dismissed – weeks after the warning;
    1. A large black lab dog was attacked at about 10pm one night as the owner took him out before bedtime – Earl’s dog was attacked by two coyotes – the owner was able to chase them away- left with an injured pet needing over 50 stitches and a vet bill of $1,100.00 – upset and wanting action taken to remove coyotes
    2. A small dog named Wally – was taken from his own steps by wild coyotes that roam freely in Blue Shores Collingwood and area – after many hours of searching – the owner found Wally’s gutted body remains – they are devasted by the loss of their treasured family member -they want to help stop the carnage and make Blue Shores safe for all family members  –  upset and wanting people to be aware of coyote danger and asking for action to be taken before this happens to a child in Collingwood – this family is worried about visiting grandchildren in Collingwood – which are now not safe to play in their yard with coyotes roaming around day and night.
    3. Activists in Collingwood – have taken down our mailbox postings to warn people of the danger of coyotes – danger a word the Town has refused to use – as it would force them to take action.
    4. The Town – Staff and councillors – and these activists should be held accountable for these tragedies – for the killing of Wally and other pets which have not been reported yet.
    5. The Town of Collingwood should stop working with this group of people and standing with them at your “living with coyotes information session” – stop allowing activists to set policy in Collingwood – and further endanger residents and pets in Collingwood – other then coyotes.
    6. Activists are setting you up for a negligence law suit – while advancing their cause to protect coyotes – with no regard for safety in Collingwood.
  2. A petition is available at coyoteconcernscollingwood.com and has over 240 signatures and growing quickly – the comments are very telling of the concerns by residents in Collingwood.
    1. One comment tells of a story of a man in his yard with his dog who heard a ringing sound close by – he looked over on his street and saw a coyote walk past with a dead cat in its mouth – the ring was from the bell on the cats collar – this resident has helped three neighbours bury their pets.
  3. I am waiting on a Freedom of Information Request to identify how many coyote concerns have been received and dismissed by the Town of Collingwood – at a cost of over $300.00 to me – and unreasonable delays and complications to date in processing this information- preventing access to this information.
  4. There are many other coyote threats and attacks in Collingwood and across North America which highlight the increasing risks and danger of coyotes; many are found at www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/risks
    1. A six year old boy was attacked in a park – his leg grabbed and he was dragged by a coyote – fortunately his Dad was in the park and scared the coyote away – we have packs of three coyotes in the parks in Collingwood – Town Staff suggest dog bites are a bigger issue – dogs are not attacking kids and dragging them away to eat them!
    2. One of my neighbors here tonight and hoping to speak – is Jean – widowed and owns a small dog – representative of the many seniors in Collingwood – she is threatened by coyotes on  her property frequently – stalking her small dog – she cannot fight off these coyotes – and is upset that she has to face this problem in Collingwood – other seniors have emailed me with similar issues – these people are not activists or protestors – but want to – and need to be heard and demand safety in Collingwood.
    3. A sunset point resident reported 7 coyotes at his window – stalking his dog.
    4. Cranberry Village people who once enjoyed many deer – are now haunted by sounds of coyotes and no more deer.
    5. One resident from Wasaga Beach wants us to succeed in removing coyotes so she will use the same approach – she has lost three cats to coyotes – hunters have shared pictures with her of the devastation coyotes are doing to deer.
  5. Coexistence policy of living with coyotes in cities is failing
    1. These policies rely on government commissioned stats that coyote attacks are unlikely but it is being reported in the media differently – which has been shared with Town Council and staff – that incidents with people is happening at an alarming increase – proactive cities like Montreal are responding to residents concerns and are starting to trap coyotes.
    2. Coyote Watch Canada – used by government to try and calm residents, blame residents, protect coyotes and push the government coexistence agenda –– recently reported “ “Something’s happened and there’s been a change in coyote behaviour.”
    3. Coexistence is failing – that is what is happening – coyotes are wild unpredictable animals looking for food – and you are allowing them loose in our City – their behavior of attacking and killing for food should not be a surprise to any reasonable and informed person – the shock to many is that our pets have become a food source – and small children may now be at risk.
    4. We have known in Collingwood for some time – the risks are increasing as coyotes become fearless of people – we are told to keep  yelling to scare coyotes away  – we are not threatening to coyotes – they are intelligent – this is more effective in the wild where coyotes are not accustomed to people –  but not in cities – in addition the coyotes are in packs which increase our risks.
  6. In response to our concerns – Collingwood has embarked on an education campaign to teach 20,000 residents to coexist with coyotes and try and blame residents for the coyote problem – suggesting pet droppings and feeding birds are sources of food which attract coyotes to Collingwood and our properties – and that this is the route of the problem.
    1. Small children are now asked to stand tall and make loud noises to scare off coyotes – walk backyards when approached by coyotes – if our children get frightened by a pack of coyotes and run – they are more likely to be attacked as frightened coyote prey.
    2. According to our government – Small dogs are commonly attacked by coyotes in cities – their solution is to educate us to keep our dogs on short leashes and close to us – coyotes have snatched dogs off leashes in other cities – attacked and killed a dog close to its home and on private property in Collingwood – Collingwood Town Council appears to accept the attacks and killing of our pets –  to allow coyotes to roam at large in Collingwood.
    3. Government education material suggests coyotes are unlikely to attack large dogs – we have had two attacks on large dogs on one street in Collingwood recently – that I am aware of.
  7. In response to our coyote concerns efforts – a petition is being promoted by a Collingwood Animal Rights Advocate Group – “Protect the Wildlife in Collingwood – Coyotes at Risk”  –  who is sponsoring a Coyote Watch Canada information session – this misleading campaign fails to recognize the devastation coyotes are having on deer, rabbits, swans and foxes in Collingwood – and the ban to feeding birds  and failing to acknowledge the need or interest to protect our pets in Collingwood.  They are willing to put our pets and children at risk to protect a few over populated problem dangerous urban coyotes.
    The Town Staff and Council have sided with this activist group to date – and are appearing with them later this month – to educate us to live with dangerous urban coyotes – and promoting this strategy with Town resources  – sadly ignoring the damage coyotes are causing in Collingwood – to enjoyable wildlife and domestic pets – and residents.
  8. Please visit coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/action and get involved in this issue.
  9. The population control of coyotes is being mismanaged by government;
    1. The legal trapping and hunting of coyotes has not been effective in keeping the coyote population out of cities – where there is no current effective population control – the wisdom of our government appears to be – let them destroy everything in reach – while asking us to stay out of the way of coyotes –  and hope they run out of food and move on to neighboring cities – while blaming residents for the problem – distracting from the real issue of over population of coyotes – while claiming residents are the problem by feeding coyotes  – pet droppings, bird seed and garbage- I find this very upsetting -we expect and demand much better government action.

 

Coyote Concerns in Collingwood – safety to residents and pets should not be a complicated issue – and should be the foundation of action – protecting enjoyable wildlife and removing dangerous wildlife is essential.

 

I will leave you with this last thought;

 

People enjoy to see lions in the wild – but they do not want lions on their streets, parks, trails and in their yards frequently – as we are experiencing with coyotes. There is a place for wildlife where coyotes should be protected in their habitat –  but not our habitat within our cities – dangerous and problem wildlife – such as coyotes should not be roaming at large in Collingwood- where residents and pets – should be protected.

Please inform yourself at www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com and get engaged to remove coyotes from Collingwood to bring back safety and protect the wonderful wildlife in Collingwood.

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Are there any questions?

Devastation of Wildlife by Coyotes – Wake-up Activist – Get Informed

As I read the activist petition to stop us from removing coyotes from Collingwood – I recalled the many comments and facts provided stating that coyotes were in fact destroying wildlife in Collingwood – people in Cranberry do not have deer any longer replaced by howling coyotes frequently – farmers have stated that coyotes have devastated all other wildlife, swans have been killed which many people on the waterfront enjoy.
Activist are suggesting they want to protect the wonderful wildlife of Collingwood – as do I and anyone commenting on the  Coyote Concerns Facebook Group. But by protecting coyotes – the activist campaign is very misleading – rabbits, squirrels and birds are being destroyed by coyotes. The ban on feeding birds so we do not attract coyotes will effect the type of birds people enjoy if at all.
The over population problem of coyotes caused by ineffective trapping and hunting managed by government will not suffer from the loss of coyotes in Collingwood.
This is all about facts and looking for a solution to return our streets to safely and keeping coyotes in the wild to thrive outside of Collingwood.
Ironically these activist are not informed people – acting on emotions to save a few coyotes – seem like the right thing for them to do – attach to something good in life. The sad reality is they are following a misinformation campaign (deception) and doing more harm then good as they not only destroy the enjoyable wildlife in Collingwood but they are willing to sacrifice Collingwood pets along the way and people’s enjoyment of the outdoors.
I know some activist are reviewing the Coyote  Concerns Collingwood Facebook Group content – and sharing it – please step back and read this and think about what you are doing in addition to taking down this groups information postings in areas where people would have been made aware of the danger of coyotes – you hid this information and caused the death of a family pet – shame on you – you should and will be held accountable for your actions. The only common ground we will have is to keep enjoyable wildlife, pets and residents safe in Collingwood. If you deem pets to have equal status and protection as wildlife then we are on the same page.

The activist could sign our petition and accomplish what they want – healthy balanced wildlife in Collingwood – including domestic pets.

http://www.marinij.com/opinion/20180716/marin-voice-time-to-review-practice-of-peaceful-co-existence-with-coyotes

Coyote Concerns Collingwood Petition

The Activist -Petition
https://www.change.org/p/collingwood-animal-right-advocate-team-protect-the-wildlife-in-collingwood-coyotes-at-risk
Jeff Brown

Coyote Trapping Issues and Solution

Trapping is a complex solution to the coyote problem in Collingwood. Trapping and hunting are legal and are used as policy strategies by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry MNRF to control the population of wild animals such as coyotes.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary

https://www.ontario.ca/page/wild-animal-control-rules-municipalities

Animals causing damage or threatening to damage property (dogs and livestock are property) can be trapped.

If you live trap an animal;

  • release captured live wildlife within 1 kilometer of where they were captured.

This would not be effective for coyotes as they will return on release in the area of 1 km.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/harass-capture-or-kill-wild-animal-damaging-private-property

Trapping is legal. Some find it cruel while nature and population control by government (permitted licensed hunting and trapping) is also cruel. The damage coyotes do is also cruel – the attacking and killing of pets is cruel.

The debate will continue and often prevents action to be taken by government to remove coyotes and therefore damage continues (killing of pets and livestock. The government fail to act because they are pressured to not act – therefore turning their back on the attacks and killing by coyotes. They try and spin a coexistence program so they do not have to remove coyotes. They try and turn the problem on residents and blame us for the coyote problem – suggesting we feed them and telling us to keep our pets away from the coyotes – but not telling us of the actual risks. Pets are being snatched off of leashes and from their own yards as a consequence of the failure to act by government.

Many people who drive this controversy are activist who do not suffer the loss of pets by coyotes or the constant threat from coyotes – but are in fear of damage to their own pet off of leash on private properties.  Some are concerned about other animals in general which are not intended to be hurt from trapping but can and are an unfortunate consequence.

Governments are not dealing with the coyote problem because of the trapping controversy in cities. They are afraid of the outrage that it may cause. Often the activist are better organized and voice more protest then the residents who are suffering from the impact of wild animals roaming at large – coyotes in Collingwood attacking and killing our pets. Both parties have the right to their opinions but opinions should not effect the safety and legal rights of the others – which in case is the silent and concerned residents in Collingwood.

To counter the damage caused by wild animals such as coyotes; the government has created a $1.5 billion wildlife damage fund – creating many government jobs to pay for the over population of wild animals. This has significance to our issue – damage can continue from the coyotes such as the loss of pets which is indirectly acceptable to the government as they have thought by compensating farmers that the problem is resolved. The program has been mismanaged and farmers are not compensated as intended – government program gone wrong.

Some may suggest we consider a compensation program for pets in cities such as a $50.00 to 100.00 for cattle which is ridiculous.

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/predation/owdcguideJan17.htm

Most residents will agree the loss of pets is unacceptable and the threat on people is very concerning.

Live trapping of coyotes by the use of neck brace is difficult to do but it is safer trapping to protect unintended animals which may get trapped – dogs off of leash or raccoons. They could be released and not seriously injured. Some trappers will not recommend live trapping as coyotes are smart and will likely avoid the trap. These traps can not be reused as the coyotes will smell them and not go near them – adds to the cost.

Once the coyote is live trapped it will have to be shot or injected depending on the capability of the trapper. The relocation is not allowed by law and would be cruel to separate coyotes from their pack and expose them to coyotes in another territory – fate of death in a territorial war.

There is a foot hold type of trapping which is the most controversial. It will harm any animal that steps in the trap. The problem is they are used on private properties in remote areas and people trespassing on private property with dogs off of leash and are caught in the trap. These people are often the activist against trapping. Ironically they are irresponsible pet owners who prevent us from acting as concerned residents who want to protect our dogs and children.

Trapping is a  complex solution or we can coexist and sacrifice a number of pets and possible children at some point as coyotes become less threatened by people.

Some trappers have recommended a bait and trap approach. A dead caucus of an animal such as a deer killed by a car in the area – OPP often have to coordinate with the removal and disposal of a deer in a car accident.  This would attract the coyotes to an area and would draw them from a larger area – pros and cons. An area could be blocked off with signage and possible police presence to allow the trapping area to be used in a controlled way to minimize and possibly eliminate damage to other animals. If we work together as the Town, OPP and concerned residents – we could make this work.

This solution would be several thousand dollars and would bring back safety to our areas. If they return we will better organized to implement a trapping program in Collingwood.

Residents can trap on their private properties if a coyote has caused damage or is a threat to damage. We have a very strong case. Our problem is not that we do not have the legal right to trap and remove coyotes it is who will do it and how. At this point residents are forced to trap to remove coyotes. Trappers are reluctant to trap in dense residential areas. We need support and coordination to make it happen – able to close of an area to trap. This would be much easier for the Town to coordinate but near impossible for residents.

Properties that are frequented by coyotes with a consistent path are ideal for trapping – if they are also remote/isolated which is difficult to find in the areas were we have coyotes. Town parks could be closed and used with Town approval and assistance. Waterfront areas are good areas as they are not frequented with walkers and dogs on leash.

Think about how we can work together and find a responsible solution.

Montreal is starting a trapping program;

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/officials-seek-to-control-montreal-s-expanding-coyote-population-1.3630087

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/coyote-trapping-called-inhumane

Not a simple decision for all stakeholders involved but possible and it is a solution to our problem.

The more people who become aware of coyotes in Collingwood and the damage and threat of damage they are causing will help put pressure on the Town of Collingwood to take the responsible and required action to make areas in Collingwood safe again.

Perspective from a professional trapper

“Trappers are strictly regulated by the MNRF, and A.I.H.T.S. (Agreement of international humane trapping standards) so that trapped animals are treated humanely. R.C.R.’s relaxing cable restraints is another option, the coyote will be restrained just like a dog on a tie out in your back yard. Live traps by law have to be checked within every 24 hrs, but in this case I feel the traps should be checked 3 times daily so we can deal with incidental catches in a timely manner and we should be able to be reached to let pets out of traps as soon as possible a sore paw is a lot better then having it killed by a coyote!”

 

Jeff Brown

 

 

 

 

 

Coyote Population Government Scandal – TIME IS UP

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.

https://www.nature.com/news/485296a-i2-0-jpg-7.4444?article=1.10635

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.

http://www.manitoulin.ca/2017/12/08/township-establishes-compensation-program-livestock-kills-coyotes/

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.

https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com/town-council-deputation-04-09-2018/

Jeff Brown

Research:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/predation/owdcguideJan17.htm

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/predation/tips_investigate.htm

https://www.ofah.org/issues/wolf-coyote-hunting-trapping-ban/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/wolves-coyotes-hunting-trapping-ban-ontario-1.4536456

Ontario Wildlife Damage Comp Simcoe County 2017_0001

Is Town of Collingwood Council and Residents Effective in Dealing with Coyotes in Collingwood? Summary of Challenges.

How well do residents impact policy decisions in Collingwood? What is the role of our elected officials – Collingwood Council? Municipal voting turnout is low and ongoing public oversight is even lower. Collingwood Staff run the Town of Collingwood and Collingwood Staff make recommendations to Council for approval to manage Collingwood.

In general; residents are not engaged in Town of Collingwood affairs and when they try to get engaged the municipal system frustrates and suppresses many efforts. In the case of coyote concerns – we face common challenges of being heard and taking action on behalf of residents but public safety warrants our effort.

An unfortunate case in point is that coyotes are roaming at large in Collingwood – killing pets, threatening residents and putting our streets, public parks and our yards at an unacceptable safety level. Of those residents who are aware of the coyote issue and the risks/threats from coyotes; what should they do beyond the odd conversation we have within our families and neighbors? Staff of Collingwood and Town Council have been notified and are not responding seriously to this issue and continue to allow coyotes to roam at large in Collingwood while attempting to educate residents to coexist and accept coyotes in Collingwood (often blaming residents for offering a source of food for coyotes – including pets)- posting signs to be aware of coyotes in the area and how to respond but with a confusing message – why should we be aware of coyotes – is there a danger and if so what is the danger – the few signs that exist imply danger. The Town website is helpful but not the appropriate or effective solution. Government resources fail to disclose the risk related to coyotes – the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) admits coyotes commonly attack small dogs. General consensuses by government sources is that it is unlikely coyotes will attack people – but there are cases of  coyote attacks and killing pets and people – the more we dig the more cases we find  while the government assures us it is unlikely.

It appears that in the mind of the Collingwood government that coyotes are not at a threat level that requires their removal – is it not the residents who should make this determination? The Collingwood government’s mandate is to serve the people – while other government agencies such as MNRF and Coyote Watch Canada are mandated to protect coyotes. The Collingwood residents should have the say in the level of  their safety in Collingwood and this should not be compromised by conflicting interests of government agencies – who should not have jurisdiction in this matter.

Are residents engaged in this issue to engage Town Council to take action? Is Council only as effective as residents in uncovering this problem? How many pets have gone missing and have been killed – the policy makers control this information if it exists? Will the concerns and risks continue until a child is attacked and possibility killed by a coyote for the media to report this tragedy and create awareness of this issue – to engage enough people for the Town of Collingwood to take action. How many complaints are necessary for action to be taken in a city of over 20,000? (I have filed a Freedom of Information Request to see what the level of complaints is and how they have been dismissed by the Town of Collingwood – at a cost of over $300.00) Who is responsible for understanding this issue and taking action – the Town of Collingwood does not deal with wildlife – so why do we have by-laws in anticipation of issues coyotes have created – animal control and Collingwood Firearms bylaw which deals with animals roaming at large, noise issues from animals, prohibited species such as all canids (coyotes), nuisance and animals that threaten inhabitants? The laws are in place to act. Why is there a failure to act.

There does not appear to be a Collingwood staff member to oversee this issue. The official position is ” Town of Collingwood does not manage wildlife”. The OPP has rejected service calls to date and has recently announced that they will respond if there is “an immediate threat to public safely”. The OPP is under service contract from the Town of Collingwood. Therefore, the Town of Collingwood is responsible for safety in Collingwood (which would include safety issues from wildlife). If the Town of Collingwood deems coyotes roaming at large to be  an immediate threat to public safety then the OPP must act and remove coyotes from Collingwood. Should residents have any say in what an immediate threat to public safety is? I think coyotes meet this threshold and should be removed from Collingwood.

The OPP does not trap coyotes and are reluctant to shoot coyotes in public or private areas. The OPP is not effective in dealing with coyotes. If there is an attack on a person; the response time would be too late. The action would potentialyl be to look for the “problem coyote” from the many in Collingwood and then shoot it or have it trapped by a trapper.  This has been the case in other communities in which coyotes have attacked residents – adults and children.

The cost of live trapping and removing coyotes from Collingwood is  several thousand dollars annually – assuming there are approximately 12 coyotes currently and others return annually. The OPP Police budget in Collingwood is about $5,063,4100.00 for safety in Collingwood – as per the current OPP Police Services Agreement.

How can the Town of Collingwood Council, OPP and Staff not justify the minimal cost of removing coyotes from Collingwood. This is an acceptable cost to protect our streets, parks, public areas and private yards from wild unpredictable animals who are killing our pets, putting our small children at risk while coyotes are openly hunted legally outside of Collingwood to control the excess population of coyotes.  I even volunteered to pay this initially to avoid delays in possible appropriation of funds processes and delays.

Do we continue to go in circles?

Residents are hiring a trapper to begin to deal with the coyote issue in the Georgian Manor Drive area – it can be done and should be done by the Town of Collingwood in other areas of Collingwood.

What do we do as residents?

  1. We have to find a way to put pressure on the Town of Collingwood to take action. Petition, emails to Town of Collingwood Clerk Office, emails to Councilors, deputation to Councilors (to make Council aware of a problem that they should already be aware of and which staff is not acting appropriately on) All of these actions are are detailed at www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com under Action” and “Petition
  2. Organize as residents to engage other residents. Post signs on mailboxes, hand out information cards to households, direct people to www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com to get a resident’s perspective on the coyote issue.
  3. Attract media coverage.
  4. Education: We have to counter the biologist arguments that coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem. We do not have a rabbit or mouse problem in Collingwood and if we ever did; coyotes roaming at large would not be the preferred solution.
  5. Education: We have to counter the argument that we have destroyed coyote natural habitat so they are forced into our urban areas. It is true that natural habitat is destroyed when developments are undertaken and responsible action to deal with wildlife at these locations are not taken. The more relevant reality is that coyote population is growing independent of the loss of habitat. They are extremely mobile, territorial and are finding new territories to grow their population;  coyotes are not endangered. The MNRF has banned coyote hunting in the Algonquin area to protect a wolf species which is adding to the population issue.
  6. Education: We have to counter the argument that we do not want to hurt coyotes as they have the right to protection.  The argument should be made to protect them in the wild but not in urban centers such as Collingwood where we need to protect people and pets from coyotes. Pets should have rights to protection and coyotes attacking pets in Collingwood should not be unacceptable.
  7. Education: We have to counter the argument that trapping is cruel and can harm other animals such as our pets – this has happened and can happen if not managed responsibly. Trapping by licensed experienced trappers can be done with a live trap to eliminate damage to other unintended animals. Hunting/trapping is cruel to many but legal and necessary to control the population of animals and deal with threats from wild animals. The laws permit trapping to deal with problem coyotes. Are the activists (including MNRF and Coyote Watch Canada) wanting to protect coyotes in effect putting our pets, children and ourselves at risk – should they have such a voice and influence on our safety in Collingwood.
  8. Take action ourselves and start trapping coyotes on private properties which is permitted by law if coyotes are damaging property or a threatening to damaging our property (pets are included in property). We are starting a live trapping program; hopefully this week with a number of approved residential properties. I have committed to funding this project with the support of donations from residents.
  9. Wait until the coyote concerns effects you directly – lose a pet, child or a threat or attack on you. (not a problem until it effects you)
  10. Accept the preferred position of the Town of Collingwood; Learn to coexist and accept the consequences and change the way we live in Collingwood – keep our children and pets close to us and/or inside and away from coyotes who are entering our yards day and night. Unfortunately this is the preferred choice of our government and our public funds are being used to promote this policy.

Concerned resident!

Jeff Brown

 

 

Are the Parks and Trails Safe in Collingwood with Coyotes Present

Recently (02-28-2018) I emailed the Town of Collingwood Clerk about my concerns for safety issues at Nip Spooner Park on Georgian Manor Dr in Collingwood. As a resident I believed the Town park was not safe given the fact that coyotes frequented the park. I do not use the park myself but I felt a sense of community responsibility once I realized their was danger in our area from coyotes. I was aware of the threat and problem, in my mind, so I felt the Town of Collingwood should also know about this issue and hopefully share my concerns and take appropriate action. Reasonable expectations?

Resident emails of immediate threat in area

I did not get a direct reply response to my email of 02-28-2018 but a comment was provided in response to another of my emails on March 02, 2018. It was stated that “Because of the ongoing concerns / sightings around Georgian Manor Drive, the Town will be posting signage in the area”.

email from Sara Almas 03-02-2018_0001

I suspect the sign that will be posted in the Nip Spooner park will be the Town’s coyote awareness signs.

It is reasonable to state my concern over the saftey of the park on my street is being address by a coyote awareness sign. What I do not understand is that I am aware of the issue and some parents with kids are aware of the issue so they don’ t use the park. The Town’s response is to make others aware that coyotes may be present and to help people deal with the situation. According to the Town’s policy makers if we are aware that coyotes may be at Nip Spooner Park (which we know they actually are there – not may be) then in the Town’s mind we have been served appropriate notice that we can deal with the coyotes. In addition a Coyote Watch Canada meeting, for those who attend, will help educate us to scare off coyotes when present.

Now that we know by seeing coyotes frequently at the park or we will know by signage which will be posted at the park at some point in time (does not appear to be urgent) what are parents told to say to their kids from the education programs available through the Town of Collingwood – MNRF and Coyote Watch materials?

Kid: Mom can I take Rex (small family dog) to Nip Spooner Park for a walk and play?

Mom: Yes be careful. Coyotes may be present. As we know if you see coyotes at the park; do not feed them, keep Rex on a leash, if they approach appear large and aggressive, make loud sounds, back away slowly, and do not run home.

Kid: Will they hurt me?

Mom: According to government provided stats  and opinions it is “unlikely” that coyotes will attack people. You are more likely of be hit by lightening.

Kid: Have coyotes attacked kids?

Mom: We are told it is “unlikely” but we are also told that coyotes are wild animals and should be treated accordingly MNRF risk assessment emails

Added conversation which would not happen based on government provided information for coexistence.

Mom – but I was provided with several cases in which coyotes attacked and bit young kids like you. How would this change the discussion and actions by the mom and kid?

I have been made aware of three incidents partly on my own research as I am concerned and provided by a community website https://www.coyoteconcernscollingwood.com

http://www.khq.com/story/37732402/coyote-attacks-a-5-year-old-child-on-cal-state-campus

http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-latest-news/coyote-wildlife-sightings-in-santa-clarita-as-spring-season-begins-224774

https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/14/california-town-on-edge-after-boy-6-attacked-by-coyote/

Kid: What does treated accordingly mean. What should I do?

Mom: We have discussed what the signs say. You should obey the signs.

Kid: What happens if I get scared and run home?

Mom: Don’t run because the coyotes will think you are prey and will more likely attack you like a rabbit.

Kid: Will the coyotes hurt Rex (small family dog)

Mom: Coyotes commonly attack small dogs according to the MNRF who is a government agency mandated to protect animals. We are told to keep dogs on leashes and if they are attacked it is acceptable behavior by wild animals such as coyotes. If they attack Rex the government will not do anything to the coyote.

Kid: I would be very sad if they attacked Rex.

Mom: You should be able to scare them off it you yell at them and throw something at them.

KId: Would coyotes attack Rex if I was walking with him on a leash?

Mom: I think it could happen but not sure. They say coyotes commonly attack small dogs.

Additional information. Recent attack on a small dog being walked on leash by a older women in Markham.

Kid: I am not a very good thrower. What happens if I don’t hit them? Will they hurt Rex?

Mom: We are told that this is an acceptable risk and our parks are safe. I trust the government knows what they are doing and would not put you at risk. We are suppose to coexist with coyotes and continue to enjoy our parks. I guess a few dogs will suffer because of coyotes.

Kid: I think I will stay home and play video games.

Back to the emails to the Town of Collingwood regarding the park.

On March 16, 2018 I met with Town Clerk Sara Almas and Dean Colver Director, Parks, Recreation & Culture, The Town of Collingwood. After the meeting Dean requested joining coyote concerns Collingwood Facebook group and is currently a member.  I trust Dean will give us some additional insight into the park situation in Collingwood and why Nip Spooner park is safe in his mind.

In advance of the meeting I sent an email with some ideas to discuss – break the ice.

town meeting ideas 03-16-2018

We did not discuss my email in advance of the meeting. Unfortunately our meeting was not productive as we were at very different ends of spectrum on what should be done about coyote concerns in Collingwood. Hopefully the debate on what should be done with coyotes vs educating residents on how to coexist will continue. The Town believes we need to be educated on coexistence and we need to educate the Town on the threats we feel should be addressed. Resident concerns and threats should not necessarily be assessed based on other communities or what is a standard across Ontario or other cities in Canada. The residents of Collingwood have the right to have a say in what they deem to be a threat and to have these threats acted on.

One interesting discussion was around my request to change the Town coyotes signs to indicate danger vs awareness. I suggested the signs are misleading as the presence of coyotes creates a danger. The Town’s perspective was more aligned with considering “potential danger”.

Below are some of my thoughts on the meeting. I am sharing this because there are many people who would like to attend a meeting with these individuals and debate the need to take action on our coyote concerns and remove coyotes from our city.

Email exchange with Town of Collingwood Dean Colver;

email response Dean Colver 03-16-2018

Back to the topic at hand – are our parks and trails safe?

In the case of Nip Spooner park my position is it is not safe for kids with or without parents and not safe for small dogs. In my mind it is unacceptable for kids to have to deal with unpredictable wild animals who have attacked kids. I would not allow my children to play in this park. I believe coyotes are an immediate threat to public safety by being around the park. if parents were to approach the park and see coyotes they should call the OPP at Call 911 or Collingwood OPP at 705-445-4321 and tell hem that you feel threatened by coyotes and believe there is an immediate threat to your safety – please respond.

By posting the coyote awareness sign at Nip Spooner Park will  this in effect, to many parents, be an unofficial closing of the park?

I believe the Town of Collingwood has failed to act on the need to close the Nip Spooner park until coyotes are removed from the area. If residents are concerned about threats from coyotes then they can trap coyotes on their own properties. This is how it is left with the Town.

The Town has responded to their position to the Nip Spooner park by email response that signage will be added. I invite Dean to comment on this in our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoyoteConcernsCollingwood/  to help us understand why the Nip Spooner park is safe for kids to play and under what conditions should parents enter the park and use it with their kids.

As a parent; I would not take my child near this park in Collingwood.

If public opinion will help keep our parks safe then please email the Town of Collingwood with your concerns;

  1. http://www.collingwood.ca/clerk email salmas@collingwood.ca
  2. Email  Collingwood councilors http://www.collingwood.ca/council and ask them to address the coyote concerns of Collingwood by removing them form Collingwood and keeping them out.
  3. Sign an electronic petition to ask for action.  The petition will be emailed to the Town of Collingwood Clerk.
  4. Present a deputation to the Town of Collingwood Council http://www.collingwood.ca/node/2265

Jeff Brown