Last weekend saw the completion of the fourth annual DKD Coyote Tournament. The controversial event could be entered for a 50 dollar fee and teams of two compete to hunt and kill the most Coyotes – – with side pots for largest, smallest and mangiest.
Coyote Watch Canada is a federally funded, not-for-profit organization with a mandate toward educating landowners and hunters. Executive Director Lesley Sampson says the practice of killing competitions is abhorrent.
“When you have the gang mentality, running around trying to kill as many coyotes, bigger, smaller or what have you, I think the whole conservation and the whole idea of hunting is really dramatically damaged.”
Sampson adds that the Coyote is part of the dog family, they mate for life and the males take part in raising the pups. She says Coyotes are an integral part of the eco-system, they keep the rodent population in check. She adds that responsible land owners who don’t feed feral cats and who clear away dead livestock don’t have elevated issues with Coyotes.
Coyote Watch Canada’s whole reason for being is to study the issues surrounding Coyote / Human interaction. If you have a problem with Coyotes, they will come to your land and study the patterns that are leading to harmful interaction. They will identify the cause of the problems and make recommendations to alleviate the problem.
The Coyote is a predator, but it can be opportunistic. Education in the best practices in land stewardship is often the solution. Sampson tells iNews 880 that neighbors who feed feral cats, or neglect to remove fallen livestock can bring Coyotes close to people.
If you want to reach out to Coyote Watch Canada for a conversation, you should, and you’ll be happy with the help they can provide. Their hotline is 1-905-931-2610 and you can visit their website here.