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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nova Scotia offers $20 per coyote pelt, claims it is a subsidy not a bounty!

Apparently the Province of Nova Scotia has decided to offer  trappers a subsidy that could 
reduce the province’s population of the animals by as much as 50 per cent.


"The National Resources Minister said the subsidy is different from a bounty because its
 specific intent is not to reduce coyote numbers. An extra $20 a pelt will encourage
 trappers hurt by low prices to take more coyotes, he explained, which should 
have the desired effect of helping make the rest more wary of humans."


The news release from the Minister, which can be read in its entirety at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20100422001 states:


"The pelt incentive plan is not a traditional bounty that simply provides money for dead animals, but rather it is a way to change coyote behaviour and reduces a problem wildlife population," said Mr. MacDonell. "Our wildlife biologists indicate that this trapping incentive program should help discourage over familiarity and boldness of coyotes towards humans."


How is this different from a bounty?


According to the dictionary  at http://dictionary.cambridge.org/  


A subsidy is : "money given as part of the cost of something, to help or encourage it to happen."


whereas a bounty can be defined as:




"a sum of money paid as a reward, 


The news release relating to this decision states:


"The department will also train 15 trappers across the province to deal with
 "aggressive" coyote encounters with humans, especially close to settled areas, 
and reduce the risk to human safety."
source:http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20100422001
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My questions to the National Resources Minister of Nova Scotia are: "What exactly constitutes
an "aggressive" coyote encounter? and secondly, what if any steps have you taken to educate
the people in your province about the behavior of coyotes, so that the behavior of 
your residents does not cause coyotes to become aggressive? Thirdly, what scientific research 
have you decided to fund to determine the extent to which human behavior might be 
contributing to your "coyote" problem in your province?



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