Hunting Coyotes ‘Can Reduce Livestock Predator Problems’

Jim Magee, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Photo by Kirk Scott

Coyote predation of livestock continues to be a problem.

Over a hundred people turned out to a day long seminar in Elmwood on the problem of coyote predation put on by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

While the number of coyote kills of livestock is down over the last three to four years, the problem remains, for some producers more than others.

What is known is there’s not much that can be done to reduce the overall numbers of coyotes.

Bounties don’t work – and if a pack is eliminated from one area, another pack will likely move in.

But Jim Magee of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters says, hunting coyotes can reduce the number of ones that are causing problems.

“There is some problem coyotes out there, educated livestock killers and if somebody can target them then I think that will help out,” said Magee.

Coyote predation not only causes financial loss to producers but also to taxpayers in compensation to the farmers. For example, when a newborn calf is killed the farmer gets 70 per cent of the value of the animal at 500 pounds.

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Jim Magee of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters says, hunting coyotes can reduce the number of the ones that are causing problems.

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Magee says hunting coyotes can reduce the number of ones that are causing problems.