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Sunday , 26 September 2021

Coyote and Wolf Reduction Program Underway

The M.D.’s Coyote and Wolf Reduction Program began this October for another year.

The program incentivizes hunters in the M.D. to keep the number of predators under control so calves and other livestock can thrive.

“We’ve already had some animals coming in,” said Matt Janz, director of agriculture and waste for the M.D.

“We felt that this program helps the people, helps the farmers, helps the trappers, recreational hunters to keep the animals at a manageable level because in previous years we didn’t have a program,” said Janz.

The program has decreased the amount of poisons the municipality has issued by almost 90 per cent, said Janz.

“We issued a lot of poisons and we wanted to get away from that. With running this program it seemed to keep the numbers in check and the predation levels down on the farms.”

The M.D. offers $75 for each wolf and $15 for every coyote brought in.

To qualify for the incentive payment, the wolf carcasses must be taken to the ASB/Public Works Shop north of Bonnyville. The M.D. asks that you call ahead of time to assure there is someone there to verify the number of animals.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.