Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THI IE1HMIDGE HERALD Thl'ndny, January 11, Coyotes cost Alberta sheep raisers 'In some areas of (Jie proriitce it jnight be said that coYotes are the leading consumers of prorincially- produced sheep' Bv LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer -'-li.L'OO of Al- s.-.eep last year. pest ccntrol division. s.-.rir in lite province. cr :Vur r-er cf. :he are destroyed each year." Pile A-52ser. 5 very real threat to sheep pnxiucers. Li many sheep ranching areas o: the orcv- ctes are the leading ccrsttm ers ?f prov-mou-llv r.-ocucecl sheep." 'said Mr. Aisager. some sireep rearing prr.grams the Ires caused by coyotes can reach as as per oe-t cp trie entire i.oost. U'her. lisjcs "ojcr sttcl- krge amount? type of oon- mis. fxercised sgainst The most eft'ecri'.e rnettrts of rroblems caused by :-tes is to kill '.hem -.vith poJscT.ec btuts. said Mr. Al- sa-er 1: ccv.ve iilllr'S was to b-e steered me sheep breeiL-g Southern Alberta vculd "d-e. .-ays a Lethbr.uge leas CO lambs it: ;or if coyotes." sold secretary of the S.U..-; '..Iberta Sheep of at least o sheen breeders in tea Pmcher Creel-t district TV-GO were fcrc- ed cut c-f btisi-esss becatrse they coultii net afford to ccr- tui_e to operate at a prvitt ctes oa-_se damage to more titan ;ust sheep. "They kill sheep only they can': EJI 5-iythir.g he so.icl Ho said coyotes also harn-- --O. altaoi an-i kill young calves and elder cattie [he: are unable to prr- te-ct therr.se-lves. A real killer -.vcri'i just stop 2: ore i: '.rill kill live or six ar.imals a: a time.' he said M-. Benson favors the use of 1050 poison bii'j b-t. doesr.'t irii the c; v, the cc-we can leave a poison bai: oc: for as LT.J ES re and rcver be able to V" ever." v.eep mo'.dr.g in areas --sre any baits." he said. 1060 is the best remecy .'u.- eo by as "-veli as least e-Tpenpive means able to do the JOT. use t.-.e e'.'erv year and srec'p year1" t for thi? The deadly fight against wily coyote Grim sight ren-i-cins c si had ecier. c D- cicy fri'j prcrto by the depcnr fer, eep c snesp rc-.cl-er nee- i-'- ere s'rsss c'cis irs-ecr killed end eaten by Hcfer five '-2: bait to rhcf be 3-1 see-: s The fcair is c rcrsei .eg i- 1C30 The fr.gr: to ccctrot damage caused by covotes is gather- ing momentum in Sc-ithem Alber-.a. a Letnh-ridge has announced the cf Phil Marro--. of Kill- SpTtnc. near to serve' as a predetor osttrol for the sonthveserti pert of So'-rtbern Aietra. >L-. is the so- of and Mrs- Den Marrow. tami_v r.amed a Master Farm Fam- ily -la by the 1L-. is oce of tour tnec in the province to re. named to tl-e position of pre- dator centre! specialist. The. four men recently ar- pohitec brtn-g t h e total of coeclaiists in the province to eight. Four preifttor control specialists hare been Karkiag tn Nof-hera for the past year. Mr said the dut- ies of a precztor cC'Etrol sx- r'v-L- Induce lucging the ex- tent of aeririris-a! damage ci'usec by predators after a cotnpiaint has besn received. arxi Laktng acttoc to rechjce the damage if he it is severe enou2G_ Traps and poison The ost fa- -jrcventir'n and control of co'-'ote damage available are tats and To a lesser eir.ent ar.erapis are also mode to reduce coy- ote damage thrvugt; the 'jse cf fen-ces. noise mal-ters and chemtral-scetrt repelletrts. "The department of agricul- ture does not promote the use of toiicar-Ls polsort sca- vengers." be satd. Other methcds Other EteOscs ft ocyote killing by the de- pa-_-nent of agriculture, use the cyanide run ano rlne pellets. The cyanide run is often referred as the "r.-inutne c-oyote death L- aides insrar.t, said >t. Alscger. r.-anide run is dcs-rrlb- ed as a simple device which ronsists of a sLt-tnch that is btlried in the pound. The pipe acts ss tr.Ten the arjmal lifts Tre tr-anice Is frop-rl'ed clirectly into :f tr.e cartricge choree. Cva tit ts 1 y the cvanide rirldly the rer. carr.nrg r.es tf Kar.aticri bv c.'vrco" Ttte e h o d of K.nc.-0-linz coyotes ts the sprin-tlwi v.-th cr rave a tablet of htdder. in Tr.ough rr.tich rapid i- caus'rj death, the coyote trur. and tl-w tab- h.v.e pro-.c-f to :-f ef- ;n ciycte conuri. Poison criticized ?--rr.e ?._vre es ri.- rvst ard >lv'i.ki K1 cor.t-olleii ftnor .'itl-.r rttcirji titar, the u.-e ..t. Frar.s Joraerville. .-.r1 district aitd would prefer U) sco fivaes cor.trolle-1 by hur.'.tr.r. rtithcr lhan lo'Jial devices and p1 He told The HeraVi he v. ;-.i. p; .it I'.xe (f farmcr5 uho were "lo put up vi-.Ui poison rather than hurj.ers." s-j'e that many hunt coyotes for sport tf they faced v.ith po-4.i-.al from ntany of the LsDCOTniers land they ask to bunt ctt." said Mr. Soaenilie. Other are dfil-iiieiv t.-.e use ot any Vimi of rest animal DO marter v.-hat the prob-ems trey cause or the damage do to agricultural pro- cu.-tion. A e of the Lethbndge Humane Sorler.-, v. io to remain, acony- ir..j-js. coiled coyote poisonu-g: Brother form o; pollution ami ?n' it '-ust another tr destroy nature. In ar.s-.ver to the critics of the 'use of coyote kiliice as i method of control, i'y the 'use of txrlsons. >L-. Alsager sate. "Many oppou- c-nts of baits base liel- mi'ormauon OG the use o; the toxicants in other areas oi tie L-. many sarts of the ts usrc for rccect '.anger doses rf the toxicant for it to tl-e same killine effect and some frcolems have develop- ed." he sid. ho'.vever, ts used for ceyote con- tr-.-l t-. Alberta. The rales :ts ttse here are the s'riotest tn any area in C-an- aia -.vbere its use is Responsibilities FiiS'tr. baits aren't pas'." to r-tt arrl the resronstbilities -f _-ir-: th.-r.t ire crest. ot' a o-ficial "Tre are for p maintenance '.C-M' treated baits an-rl ell apphoitions for cated and iritfal stop in arpiylbg t-c ser- 1 if re-Quests are re- Sootember and Oc- tiey ire taV.er fr> at a :rc crurty iwjrd. A art that r.u crte bait bo used L- a bait r-'.-rod ntust be distance f: .try o'-c.- wt." re said. r.-ut'. for the 1- tio nf Dale :.o, '.t.s[ and supo" f! coctrol nr-i- .-.or. of t.v A'berta Impart- el at td- t: o of pi'-ison luiis k'.-. i-. .tro prepared fur ar.d lor p'.ace- later in Uic WJI'.CT.