OPINION: Action needs to be taken on coyotes roaming area


How many pets have to be eaten before any action is taken on the coyotes roaming around?  Or are we just going to keep hearing that there’s nothing that can be done by anyone?

I’m guessing the latter.

So far the best answer I’ve heard is from the Ministry of Natural Resources who is apparently powerless to do anything (or just completely uninterested).   “Keep… pets inside at night and carry a flashlight” was the recommendation from the closest MNR office.

It would funny if it wasn’t so sad.  Instead it’s just plain pathetic.

Do you really wonder why government can’t get anything done?  Forget solving problems like the economy, high unemployment, or even just half reasonable electricity rates.  If we can’t solve a small problem like coyotes, there is no chance of solving anything even the slightest bit complicated.

Best of all is the mentality of the province.  These left wing kook environmentalists have it completely backwards.  Coyotes are king to them apparently while our pets are being sacrificed in some sort of environmental protection scheme.  It’s ok for dogs and cats to die, just not coyotes?   (Yet another reason for the Province of Southern Ontario…. but I digress)

I’m all for animal rights, but who decided a coyote's life was more important than a dog’s life or a cat’s life?  How many dogs or cats equal one coyote?  10 dogs?  20 cats?  Whatever the number it must be pretty high because coyotes have been eating pets and frightening homeowners for a couple of years now with zero action.

I happen to feel the opposite.  I wouldn’t needlessly take an animal’s life but if it came down to someone’s pet or one wild coyote, guess what?  I think the pet should win every time.  It’s what I like to refer to as “basic common sense” and it’s high time we let our municipality and our province know the same thing.

The city is powerless.  The province doesn’t care.  Pets are disappearing left right and center.  If we follow their advice, we’ll all be locked inside by dusk, pets at our sides, flashlight in hand. Streets are empty, coyotes now own the night, it’s the only way.  Oh what to do (insert wringing of hands)?

Well keep believing in big government and that’s about all you’ll do.  But here’s some “radical” thinking; let’s take a look at history and see how this problem was handled before.  This isn’t the first time coyotes have worn out their welcome.

What would our ancestors do?  You know the ones, they carved this nation out of solid untamed wilderness, and they didn’t need big government to help them.  They actually got things done and didn’t have to sit around wringing their hands waiting for an uninterested Province to tell them they couldn’t do it.  If something needed doing, they did it themselves.

That’s a crazy notion these days, I know.  But hear me out.

What did our ancestors do with pests that killed their animals and possible could threaten their children?  Easy!  They got rid of them.

Protecting the life of your loved ones, whether human, canine or feline, is the duty of every man or woman and the pioneers that settled Lambton Country weren’t about to let some left wing radical agenda from Toronto politicians stop them from protecting their loved ones.

The first thing that should be done is promoting an “open season” on every coyote in the county.   Every hunter and farmer should be encouraged to legally shoot every coyote they can.  It wasn’t that many years ago many rural communities had a bounty on wolves, coyotes and foxes.  That’s not a bad idea either.

A hunting idea, although genius, is mostly ineffective at present thanks to the city’s ridiculously paranoid and terrified anti-gun bylaw limiting hunting to the very far eastern part of the township.  (Yes I said township… most people in Sarnia don’t realize city limits actually encompass the land all the way to Mandaumin Side Road.  I suspect most City Councillors have never actually seen the rural side to the City either.  The word township, although technically incorrect when speaking of Sarnia, at least conjures up an image of a rural place, which a massive portion of the City in fact is)

If the City really wanted to help its citizens, they could participate by repealing the above mentioned bylaw, and encouraging hunters to get out an reign in this wave of coyote terror.  I don’t want to get too creative here but perhaps a small registry (socialists love that word, btw) could be kept of farmers who are interested in having hunters come out and hunt coyotes on their land.

In other words, we’d work together to solve a problem.  Best of all it wouldn’t costs us a dime of tax money!  And we could tell the “experts” from the Ontario government to take a hike, all at the same time.

And that’s exactly why all the big spending, expert loving, left wing kooks will hate this common sense idea. 

But there is an answer for that too. If the bleeding hearts in Toronto (or even a few in Sarnia) all love coyotes so much, let them pay for professional trappers to come, and then we’ll release all the coyotes in their backyard.  Let them deal with the coyotes for a while. 

I’m tired of standing by watching pets be slaughtered.  I’m tired of the government standing in our way and stopping us from stopping us from even the most basic of solutions.  I’m tired of stupid comments like “Stay inside and let the coyotes rule the night”.  

I’m not saying hunt coyotes to extinction.  I’m not saying massive hunting will rid the County of every coyote problem either.  But it is action, and a few steps in the right direction is a lot better than no action at all.

If you think dogs and cars should be killed willy nilly, do nothing.  But if you think its better a few coyotes have to die than hundreds of pets then let’s make ourselves heard.  Tell the City, tell your township, and our MPP; it’s time to open a can of “oh my goodness” on the coyotes. 

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  • Sylvia Freeman

    I’ll opt for supporting coyotes! Perhaps there are too many cats and dogs running loose. I fail to see why when coyotes kill and eat small animals (“game”) it is perceived as “slaughter”. Killing off wild animals just because they are perceived as a nuisance would be “slaughter” in the true sense! It seems that mankind wants to destroy too many creatures, then wonders why the balance of nature is askew.

  • Jane Lauwereys

    I agree with Matt. I don’t per se live in the city, but I work every day in Sarnia. If I lived in the city though, I would be very concerned about my pet, especially at night. My dog wouldn’t have a chance next to a coyote, (or whatever these animals are). Coyotes are not pets and will eat our pets if we let them, and there are no doubt, too many coyotes running loose.
    Don’t know what the answer is, but, there needs to be one.

  • Rachel B – Talbot Trail Resident

    We are of the same opinion. I am out there with flashlight & leash with dog right with me even though my small dog would never leave me or the property. There are some other predators in the area that I take precautions against as well, but the coyote are what I fear the most. I have very small children too and even a domesticated unknown dog do I take precautions against. What if the coyote gets sick and is aggressive due to it, or has rabies? That puts my children, family, pets all in danger – a relatively small amount of danger and since there are no know bites in C-K it would be a rare occasion – but that possibility is still there. A young child gets frightened at the sight of a coyote in person, and a small pet does too.
    I’m not sure about killing them, but I do believe something should be done nonetheless.

    Know what else could be done? The city renting or providing something like a Carts Ahoy to ALL homes in Chatham-Kent. It would cut down on strays/outdoor animals ripping bags apart, would help with the crow issues, and make the city look better. Not everyone can even afford a garbage can.