Here are two press releases from DNR:
Take Steps to Discourage Coyotes - Department of Natural Resources - March 11, 2010 2:04 PM
Coyote sightings around the province are prompting officials to remind Nova Scotians of steps to take to discourage wildlife from scavenging near homes and what to do should they encounter a coyote.
Department of Natural Resources offices have received a record number of calls regarding coyotes from people.
"Education is most important," said Mike O'Brien, Natural Resources wildlife biologist. "We must encourage our children and neighbours to follow these guidelines and keep in mind, coyotes are wild animals and deserve our respect."
Coyotes prefer wild foods but will scavenge for food when hungry. This includes outdoor garbage, compost, pet foods, waste around retail or commercial businesses and handouts from people. Feeding coyotes makes them less fearful of people and eating food provided by people.
To discourage coyotes from scavenging near homes people should:
-- keep property free of unsecured garbage, especially if it contains food waste
-- clean-up spilled bird seed around bird feeders
-- do not feed pets outdoors
-- keep compost bins secured
-- keep small pets indoors or supervised when on a leash
If you encounter a coyote:
-- do not feed, touch, or photograph the animal
-- leave the area by slowly backing away while remaining calm. Do not turn and run
-- use personal alarm devices to frighten the animal
-- encourage the animal to leave by providing space
-- if animal exhibits aggressive behaviour, try to appear to be larger and noisier or throw sticks and rocks
-- fight back aggressively if the animal attacks
"It's important for us to realize that the risk of attack and injury from coyotes is extremely low," said Mr. O'Brien. "While recently we had a tragic event in Cape Breton, we have to remember that in the 30 years that coyotes have been in Nova Scotia only a few incidents have been reported."
Bounties have been tried across North America, however they have always been unsuccessful in reducing coyote populations. A bounty was initiated in Nova Scotia in 1982 and was removed in 1986 when it was determined to have no impact on population.
Local Department of Natural Resources offices should be contacted where nuisance wildlife are creating a concern for human safety, destruction of property, or a diseased or injured animal is found. A list of local offices can be found at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp
For more information, visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/coyotes-faq.asp
Province announces Plan to Reduce Aggressive Coyote Behavior - Department of Natural Resources - April 22, 2010 11:42 AM
Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell has announced a four-part program to reduce aggressive coyote behaviour and make communities safer.
The program includes:
-- a $20 pelt incentive for professional trappers to harvest coyotes
-- training 15 trappers to target aggressive coyotes
-- hiring a wildlife biologist specialist to focus on human wildlife conflict
-- enhancing education about avoiding coyotes.
"The aggressive coyote situation is a serious issue in many communities, and our decision today is based on all available science and professional experience," said Mr. MacDonell. "These new measures are designed to change the behaviour of aggressive coyotes so they retain fear and avoid humans."
The new pelt incentive enhances a partnership with the Trappers' Association of Nova Scotia and nuisance wildlife operators by adding $20 for pelts sold to fur auction houses. It is designed to increase trapper participation.
"The pelt incentive plan is not a traditional bounty that simply provides money for dead animals, but rather it is a way to change coyote behaviour and reduces a problem wildlife population," said Mr. MacDonell. "Our wildlife biologists indicate that this trapping incentive program should help discourage over familiarity and boldness of coyotes towards humans."
The pelt incentive program, which will begin with the trapping season Oct. 15, is available to licensed trappers only.
The department will also train 15 trappers across the province to deal with aggressive coyote encounters with humans, especially close to settled areas, and reduce the risk to human safety.
The province will soon hire a wildlife biology specialist to develop a program to more fully address human wildlife conflict in Nova Scotia, develop and enhance community education programs, and conduct research on human-wildlife conflict and dealing with aggressive wildlife.
To better inform Nova Scotians about coyotes, the Department of Natural Resources will offer to speak with various organizations around the province and provide print and web-based information.
The department has a new policy on dealing with wildlife threats, which requires immediate action on animals that behave aggressively towards people.
The department reminds pet owners to keep pets under supervision when in wildlife habitat, particularly during open season for trapping.
People should contact local Department of Natural Resources offices when coyotes, or other nuisance wildlife, create a concern for human safety, property is destroyed, or a diseased or injured animal is found.
A list of local offices can be found at: www.gov.ns.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp . Encounters may also reported by calling 1-800-565-2224.
For more information on coyotes in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/coyotes-faq.asp .