Trapping and killing coyotes does not reduce their population. As long as there is habitat and a food source, more coyotes will return to the area. Leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps are cruel and dangerous and have no place in modern day society. Non-lethal options are available.
- Ontario Minister of Natural Resources
Honourable Michael Gravelle
I am aware that the city of Cornwall, Ontario is asking the Ministry permission to trap and kill coyotes within their city limits after a dog was allegedly attacked. I strongly urge you to please REFUSE to give Cornwall permission to kill coyotes.
While I sympathize over the loss of a family pet, trapping and killing other dogs (coyotes) does nothing to address the situation.
Furthermore, giving approval to Cornwall to trap and kill coyotes sets a dangerous precedent for other wildlife. We need to encourage tolerance and support communities to choose and exhaust all non-lethal means necessary to co-exist with urban wildlife. Through investigations also must be conducted to expose and eliminate coyote attractants such as direct or indirect feeding.
Lastly, I believe that the use of Conibear, leghold and snare traps are not only cruel to animals, but they are dangerous to children and pets.
Thank you for considering my views.
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