- Honourable Michael GravelleOntario Minister of Natural Resources
Speak out against lethal trapping in Cornwall, Ontario
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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