Mike in comments left a link to this story, which I note some of you have already read…
People in Collingwood say coyotes have killed dogs and cats and lashed out at people, and now one longtime resident is calling on the courts to intervene after growing tired of asking the town and local police to help.
Collingwood, a picturesque waterfront Ontario town on Georgian Bay near the Blue Mountain ski resort, is one of a number of communities across Canada where neighbours are frustrated and scared, struggling to deal with aggressive coyotes, though a lawsuit is unusual.
I live in the southwest desert, as TUAK regulars are probably tired of being told, and I and my neighbors are certainly outnumbered by coyotes many times over. But attacks on pets and livestock – except cats, which are nocturnal and mostly can’t learn elementary precautions in their brief lifespans – are rare and attacks on humans are unheard of.
This is because coyotes are smart and adaptable and like life. And they have been taught – in no uncertain terms – that if you mess with the humans, you die.
I don’t believe it’s still in effect but when I first moved here going on 13 years ago there was a bounty on coyote hides – and lots of people willing to collect. There are techniques for hunting them but it takes care and skill because the coyotes in a hunted community become extremely wary – and they’re smart. Coyotes aren’t looking for a fight, they just want to eat. So when a community of humans finds itself actually threatened by coyotes, it’s because those humans have been acting like food.
Remove the prohibition on weapons. Remove the cultural taboo against active self-defense, while firmly punishing human-on-human violent aggression. Your coyote problems will vanish overnight. I don’t know much and nobody should normally come to me for advice about…pretty much anything. But that’s not rocket surgery right there.