UR Opinion

Brace yourselves! Remember the problem with bears, now the coyotes and wolves are in the pack...

carmen cotnoir

By carmen cotnoir

The MNRF posted January 15th, the 30 days posting EBR 013-1813 for additional input to the recovery of the Algonquin Wolf. It is important that trappers, hunters, livestock producers, pet owners and anyone who cares for our wildlife respond to this posting before February 14th.
In June 2016, the Eastern wolf was renamed Algonquin Wolf. Its status threatened. On September 15th,2016 the Ontario government, to better protect the Algonquin Wolf, has extended the no-hunting and no-trapping zone to 39 new townships including Killarney and Burwash . According to the MNRF, this ban is extended to coyotes because the two animals can be easily mistaken for one another. Now the Recovery Strategy for the Algonquin wolf is out, suggesting to extend the protected areas . This englobes a major part of Ontario, imagine a straight line from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury to North Bay to Pembroke down to Bancroft to Peterborough and Barrie. Using these cities as boundaries what you see in the middle is the suggested protected area banning hunting and trapping of wolves and coyotes.
Compensation to Ontario livestock producers exceeded $1.5 million in 2015, the cause were predators such as coyotes/wolves. We are now looking at a much higher amount in the years to come.
The moose, deer, elk, beavers population will diminish drastically due to an increase of predators. It is estimated a wolf eats between 22.6 to 33.5 ungulates per year to meet dietary needs.
With this decision of no hunting or trapping of wolves/coyotes, we will be faced with a surplus of apex predators. This will be responsible for a major disturbance in our ecosystem balance.
Up to now the hunters and trappers controlled the population of canine. Without this control of population, diseases such as mange, which is already a major concern with coyotes, will produce unhealthy animal. Weaken by the disease it might provoke dangerous encounters with human. Disease control attempt will also cost communities large amount of money.
If you think this will not affect you, well think again, coyotes love eating cats and dogs… Pet owners visit Coyote Watch Ontario Facebook and see what coyotes are doing to family pets in their own yard or even just taking a walk with owner. In 1999. Spring bear cancellation decision is the perfect example of what a regulation change can do. Another example of not managing the wildlife population of a species is the present 388 cases of rabies in raccoons in the south of the province.
Enough is enough, it is time to voice our concerns!
by email: MNRF EBR 013-1813 site
by fax: 705 755 2901
by mail: Species at Risk Recovery Section
Species Conservation Policy Branch
MNRF, 300 Water Street, 5N
Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5
Carmen Cotnoir, OFMF Northeast Vice President and trapper, Spanish, Ontario

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