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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Battling Coyote Problem

Regional | by Jonathon Jackson  

Ontario Ministers listening to concerns about aggressive coyotes.

It seems the province has finally realized there's a coyote problem in rural Ontario.

Duncan McKinlay -- the Deputy Mayor of the Blue Mountains -- met with Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell and Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey at the Good Roads conference this week.

They talked about the issue of coyotes, which are growing rapidly in population and which are becoming increasingly aggressive.

McKinlay says both ministers indicated to him that they recognize the problem and they're willing to look at solutions.

A basic solution is a new remuneration program, which McKinlay says municipal officials will be interested to see.

But McKinlay says Mitchell in particular challenged him and other lower-tier politicians to come up with ideas that can be considered by the agriculture and natural resources ministries.

McKinlay is confident local officials in Grey, Bruce, Huron and Simcoe Counties can come up with suggestions that will be of use in dealing with the coyote situation.

In the meantime, the province may be moving ahead with some ideas of its own.

Natural Resources Minister Jeffrey says a contest of some kind might be instituted -- but she would not elaborate.


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