In Alberta, Canada, it’s actually legal to kill wolves and coyotes. There are no anti-poaching laws in the area, and contrary to what was initially reported, these animals are not endangered. In reality, they abundantly populate the area.

This Canadian hunter however, has stretched the freedom too far with this horrible idea of his. Despite there being no restrictions or limits to the number of wolves and coyotes a person can kill in a period of time, this is far too much, too wasteful, disgusting, unhealthy, and just plain wrong. This hunter killed 325 coyotes and 31 wolves, not for decorative hides or meat, but merely to hang them all over the exterior of his barn [1].

In Alberta, coyotes are considered farm pests and vermin due to their overpopulation of the area and predation of livestock, but no one should do something as creepy as to get rid of them. He wholly skinned the lifeless animals and hung them all over his barn. No one knows exactly why he did this, though reports say he claims it’s for insulation. Little wonder the stench that would constantly form a haze miles away from the place, and the flies… let’s not think about the flies.

Perhaps, the hunter wants to throw a shady statement at animal rights activists and vegans all around the world. I’m not part of either cause, but I’m really deeply offended and troubled by this. I can only imagine how the people who have made it a career to protect wildlife would feel.

Despite being pests, they shouldn’t be killed for no meaningful reason

Speaking to the Bonnyville Nouvelle, Matt Janz, director of agricultural and waste services says that this hunting season alone, 1,100 coyotes and 25 wolves have already been killed by hunters [2].

“Our council at the time felt that they didn’t really know the coyote numbers, and just to be on the safe side, they didn’t want to have the numbers out of whack. Obviously, there were a lot of coyotes because we had over 1,100 (brought in),” he said.

 Under the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Pest Act, the coyotes are considered pests [3]. They are predators to local livestock, targeting sheep, goat, cattle, and poultry, and local farmers have been complaining of this problem for a long time. They’ve resorted to using all sorts of methods to get rid of the animals, which wrongly include poisoning. This solution is strongly discouraged by the authorities because despite the desire to reduce the dangers the wolves and coyotes pose to livestock, no one wants to reduce them to endangered species in Alberta.

“We felt that we preferred not to use poisons out there. We felt that this way is more targeting the right and problem animals,” he said, referring to the licensed hunting and trapping initiative that allows hunters to kill the animals when they wander onto private land. Hunters are only required to write a petition to the authorities, and they’ll be granted permission to hunt on their lands. They are also paid for the animals they bring in, $75 for the wolves and $15 for the coyotes

Despite the introduction of this program, the authorities strongly emphasize on the fact that the animals should not be killed for no useful reason at all, just like the hunter above did.

The wolves are a lot harder to control and manage, so we put a little larger incentive on them. We try to make sure that all the hides are utilized, used as fur, that they’re not going to waste, that the animals aren’t killed for no reason, and they can be used for other purposes,” Janz said. “At the end of the day, we’re not out there just to kill all the animals. It’s a tool for management. When the numbers are high, we want to make sure that the tools are there for that purpose and if the numbers drop below a threshold, then we suspend the program.”

Even though they may be causing a nuisance in the area, no one should be allowed to decorate his house with dead animal carcasses. I do hope the authorities will do something about this horror as soon as possible.

References:

  1. Canadian Hunter Made A House Of Dead Wolves. Mrs. Planet. Captain Planet. April 25, 2019.
  2. MD coyote and wolf reduction program seeing results. Robynne Henry. Bonnyville Nouvelle. May 5, 2019.
  3. COYOTE PREDATION CONTROL MANUAL and STUDY GUIDE. Alberta.
  4. Cash-prize coyote hunt no danger to animal population, biologist says. CBC News. January 10, 2015.
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