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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:43 PM
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:44 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:05 PM
+1 on that,coyotes have been knockin off cattle here in po'dunk,and they look like med. sized dogs and hunt in packs,hunters/homeowners kill them and drag them to the road for whoever wants the pelt or buzzards,first come first serve,i would have to agree that monster is a wolf,im no wildlife expert either but im glad to hear he's dead.He looks like something ya dont wanna come across w/out your sidearm
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:57 PM
BTW just last summer a young lady who was an up and coming Canadian singer was attacked and killed by 3 coyotes in a Nova Scotia park.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:06 PM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:00 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:22 AM
I am with you there - hunt to eat, fine - defend yourself or your family - fine, but to go out and make a game of it disgusts me.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:40 AM
Protecting people from a dangerous animal is perfectly understandable as is hunting for food but, clearly, neither scenario was the case here. He simply went out to kill something.
North American Wolves almost never attack, humans and, as far as I can ascertain, the most recent occasion a human was reported as having been killed in a coyote attack was 2009.
Domestic dogs, OTOH, attack and/or kill hundreds of people each year. Should we kill all our pet dogs?
Killing coyotes is a public service. I've killed a few of them in my day. Once you see a hunting pack of them take down one of your calves they don't seem like little puppy dogs any more. They are aggressive. The kill live stock, pets and small children. In the U.S. there aren't many places where there are many natural predictors for Coyotes. They are increasingly inching their way into urban and suburban areas so their population must be kept in check. This is why more areas have pretty aggressive hunting policies regarding them.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:44 AM
The wolf population around here has diminished to almost nil. Urban sprawl. But Coyotes are seen regularly and are a real concern.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:06 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:31 AM
- In England in 2008/09, there were over 5,000 hospital admissions resulting from being bitten or struck by a dog (excludes people treated in minor injury units (MIU) or accident and emergency (A&E) departments, without being admitted as an inpatient).
- In 2009, dog attacks on people in England cost the Health Service £3.3 million.
- Estimate of 6,000 dog attacks on postmen/women each year.
That's an astonishing 11,000 attacks per year! How many attacks by coyotes do you have per year, do you reckon?
This is after, please note, a ban on four species of dog came into place in 1991 outlawing ownership of those breeds deemed to be too dangerous to the general public following a series of savage killings by these types of animal.
So, again; should we kill all pet dogs - "preservation for the animal" as you put it - just to be on the safe side?
If they are feral dogs and their population is growing at such a rate that they must become more and more aggressive in order to find food then the answer is yes. Kill the domestic dogs. As far as tame pet dogs go, most any pet dog that aggressively harms a human in the U.S. will be put down.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:14 AM
If the attack is found to have been very severe then, as in the U.S., the animal will be put down.
But therein lies the difference; coyotes can be hunted and killed because, in theory, they might pose a potential threat at some future time despite there being almost no occasions when any attack against a human has taken place.
Dogs, on the other hand - even although there are 11,000 attacks on humans per year - are not thought to pose any threat!
How does that make sense?
Can I just say that I like dogs and am not calling for a summary execution of these animals!
Well, I don't believe that North American hunting laws are written just to take out potential predictors before they hurt someone. They are designed to maintain a balance in the wild population. It's the conservationist approach.
For example when I was young and lived in the Florida Everglades there was a huge population if Key Deer. As vicious critters go these tiny animals are a threat to no one. Years of hunting bans and a lack of natural predators (Florida panthers) saw the population swell to massive numbers which put a strain on the types of plants that the animal likes to eat. All it took was a few years of drought in the 80's and some massive wild fires and the huge herds started starving to death. Attempts were made to drop hay bails into the swamp to feed them but it wasn't enough. Attempts to catch them were made but trying to catch tiny wild deer in a huge swap is not workable. Finally the state allowed for a limited open hunting season to thin the population to a manageable number. That worked. I believe that system is still in used today but I'm not 100% sure.
I'm sure Canada is keeping track of the coyote population and adjusting it's hunting limits accordingly.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:31 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:43 AM
Men hunting deer = sportsmen
Coyotes hunting livestock = viscous predators
Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:07 AM
It's a tricky thing to balance but I think that most states in the U.S. do a decent job. Here, hunters are willing to pay for the privilege to hunt in the form of licenses and taxes. They invest money in their gear just like we invest in guitars. If they are caught poaching the resulting sentences are usually harsh. Your equipment is seized and many times you can be banned from hunting for life and do some jail time. As it should be.