I am responding to the article “Predator control a year-round affair,” in the Nov. 4 issue of theManitoba Co-operator.
It is very good people are realizing problem coyotes and wolves are not cute and cuddly neighbours. We’ve had major problems with coyotes and barely got compensation for all the damage they did. Back then, some “experts” we talked to only said, “it can’t be true, as coyotes only eat mice, gophers and wild rabbits.” Maybe, but what do they eat when the natural food is gone? It might sound beastly, but to an animal that’s hungry, anything is fair game.
It may be that Manitoba Agricultural Services
Corporation (MASC) paid out more than $400,000 in compensation on 1,600 claims of livestock. We have had such claims and I am sad to say you can’t feed the cow for a year for what you get for a dead calf. We are grateful for what we did get, but it’s still a loss no matter how you slice it.
If you have an animal simply go missing, and find it in the bush more than three days later, then too bad. Also, if they ate so much of the calf that only a skeleton is left you probably won’t get compensated. And what about the ones that got away? What about the sprains, strains, broken bones, missing tail ends and bitten ears, all of which devalue the cattle?
I would rather have wild rabbits, deer, ducks and geese in my fields than packs of coyotes. We don’t go out for walks at night because it is not safe. Our cat stays in the barn, the dog, either in the barn or near the house. One of our pet cats went missing in the summer, no reason, no trace. We’ve seen coyotes close to our house challenge our dog. Do they want to fight her or entice her? She doesn’t trust them. Probably that’s why she is alive.
Trinia Kell Elm Creek, Man.
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