If you have ever experienced the sinking feeling of helplessness at the sight of a sick or injured wild animal, then this story is for you. This story is sad, but I'm sharing it for a good reason.
Coyote Watch Canada Blog
"I believe that Saturday was our one and only chance to secure this coyote. I can't see how he would have lived another 24 hours, had we not been able to release the snare from around his neck and begin treatment. The determination of the finders, Ann and Fred, was inspiring. And the willingness of everyone involved to spring into action so quickly made it an easy decision for me to make the drive from Guelph to Fort Erie to assist with this rescue."
If you’re friends with a pet owner, dog walker, or maybe even just someone who’s a fan of clicking the ‘share’ button, you’ve likely seen the post below. It states that coyotes are actively mating, and that they become more aggressive at this time of year. Further, it implies that coyotes will draw dogs to an awaiting pack to kill them. Where to start?
Snares targeting canids kill pets and torture animals across Canada. They are set legally by licensed trappers, without warning signs and no required setbacks from publicly accessible roads, trails, or pathways. At least two dogs have died as a result of snares in Alberta in 2019, and multiple wolves, coyotes, and other species have been tortured until dead by these cruel devices. Even the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards - a trade agreement with weak scientific requirements,
The hunting of the Double-crested Cormorant proposed by the Government of Ontario EBR 013-4124 could look like this. Up to 50 cormorants per day bag limit for hunters. If only 1 in 100 Ontarian hunters each killed 50 cormorants over *an entire year*, roughly 350,000 dead cormorants. The entire Great Lakes population is only 250,000 birds and the global population is only 2 million. What the government is proposing could potentially annihilate a species under siege by human intolerance.
Ecologically, Coyotes might just be a key savior in the recovery of our loss of biodiversity (the number of species of plants, animals, and other life forms in a given area). It’s like the story on how the return of the wolves completely transformed Yellowstone. Our natural areas are besieged with plants from other parts of the world (non-native species). You would think adding plants from other parts of the world increases diversity. The opposite is true.
Removing strychnine from use to kill ground squirrels would be a significant step forward – so please take a few minutes to comment and tell Health Canada that strychnine poison is cruel and should be outlawed against ground squirrel. The deadline is September 27, 2018, so get your comments in now!