January 11, 2016

Urbanite frenzy over "mass coyote murder" in Alberta Beach! Now for the facts.

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

There was a coyote hunting contest in Lac St. Anne County northeast of Edmonton this past weekend. It was one of any number of friendly coyote hunts on any given Saturday in Alberta.

If you spent any time on the internet this week you may have heard about the mass coyote murder that took place in Alberta Beach. Apparently, pick up trucks full of scantily toothed hillbillies were shooting automatic weapons haphazardly from the road, killing everything in sight. Hide your kids. Hide your wife and the like. Or that’s what the mainstream media and the environmentalist left would have you believe.

I went to check it out myself and set the record straight.

And that was hard to do. The organizer, Paul (no last name given) is a trapper. His career relies on maintaining healthy animal populations. He has been subject to death threats and protests because of his little derby in years gone by so he's very careful about revealing the location of his event check-in to just anyone. The hunters who are participating in this derby worry about their families and their livelihoods being targeted by activists because they have the audacity to participate in a perfectly legal activity on private lands that they have permission to hunt on.

Isn't that always the way? One side is vulgar, void of facts and incendiary and the other side just wants to be left alone to exercise their legal rights.

I know there are many ways to control predator populations. But just like with the NDP's farm unionization law, Bill 6, I resent urban liberals whose closest experience with nature in a day involves going to the dog park telling farmers and rural landowners how to control their properties. I support a landowner's right to choose whatever predator control mechanism they see fit.


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commented 2016-08-01 20:13:59 -0400
hipsters=limpwrist/dick, spineless—mo’s.
commented 2016-01-17 01:43:37 -0500
Hi Kelli Hendricks. You want proof about threats from activists? In San Diego last year, Mathew Duncan got within inches from my face as he growled opinions are like blank holes. Trying to physically intimidate me as I corrected your leader Camilla Fox. She claimed the coyotes found in the California tarpits made them native to Cali. She had no idea she was referring to species Canis Latrans Orcutti, a sub species that went extinct over 10K years ago. She won’t let the facts get in the way of her argument, will she?

commented 2016-01-17 01:36:39 -0500
Keli Hendricks is the “rancher” who supports anti hunting Project Coyote, headquartered in California.

Project Coyote is an animal rights, anti hunting group. Get the truth about Project Coyote, please check out: www.projectcoyotelies.com
commented 2016-01-14 16:55:10 -0500
SHEILA GUNN REID I’ve watched a few of your posts now. Your use of sarcasm and tone distract from the quality of your information.
commented 2016-01-14 12:17:25 -0500
Keli Hendricks commented – “killing contests don’t sit well with most people for a very good reason; these contests aren’t about protecting or managing anything. They are about glorryfying the act of killing”

FYI it’s glorifying, not “glorryfying” but that mistake is miniscule compared to the misguided idealism you display in ascribing moral judgement to predator management activities – a truly puzzling thing for someone who poses to be a cattle rancher. We are talking about wild predators with no natural population controls here, not endangered species – Coyote number are at best stable and more recently increasing rapidly due to milder winters.

Granted, coyotes are kind of like neighbors, there are good ones and bad ones – if you have a mated pair who hunt on your property and stick to natural food (like mice, gophers, ground squirrels etc.) and leave your livestock alone and stay clear of the farm site, you don’t want to get rid of them – because if you do the next pair that occupy that hunting territory may decide your livestock looks better than their normal diet – particularly if you run a mutton or poultry op. But then, this is only true during low levels of coyote population, not the population outbreaks where they pack and do a lot of damage (maybe you can afford these losses but others can’t, and we certainly can’t afford the negative impact on deer, elk and burrowing and ground-nesting birds). This is what the coyote drives and “incentivised” hunts are designed to rectify and they prevent the reliance on poisoning which is what will happen if hunters are not recruited to aid land owners in controlling pest species. Drives work modestly well, but I prefer to hunt alone. I have worked for some of the province’s largest rangeland holders as well as many of its smallest dry land farmers – never did anyone I came in contact with feel species-specific predator/vermin control was “glorifying killing” any more than spraying weeds is “glorifying killing” or slaughtering livestock for market is ”glorifying killing”. I presume all your cattle will not die of old age as pets and are intended for slaughter? Or will they?

Frankly in my 30 some years of doing freelance predator and pest control for ranchers all over Alberta, I have only stumbled upon attitudes like yours a few times – and all of these were displaced city greenhorns playing at being a rancher. I have shared many a good laugh with locals about the local “green acres” newbies who migrate from the urban centers and bring their narrow minded qualms about mixing urban morality with pragmatic for-profit ranching/farming. So when you say “most people” have your attitude towards predator control, I take it to mean most Urban people, because my personal experience with multi-generational ranchers puts your attitude as a very small and dissimilar minority in rural Alberta.

Then, another explanation for a “cattle rancher” with your urban left values is that you are just another bunny-liberation troll misrepresenting yourself as a Rancher in a disingenuous attempt to validate your deviant moralism. There is always that old saw.
commented 2016-01-13 14:07:28 -0500
Interesting that the author cries about participants of killing contests being stereotyped as mouth breathing hillbillies, yet she sees no hypocrisy in painting anyone who objects to these events as clueless urban liberals just out to spoil everyones fun. As a cattle rancher who actually cares about my livestock AND wildlife, I know that good husbandry practices allow for both livestock and predators to share the landscape without the need to award prizes to those who can kill the most coyotes. Legal or not, killing contests don’t sit well with most people for a very good reason; these contests aren’t about protecting or managing anything. They are about glorryfying the act of killing, and that’s a whole different ball game. And as for the supposed death threats organizers and participants of killing contests receive; is there any evidence supporting these claims? Those who support killing contests often make these claims and attribute them to animal activists and they are reported as fact. However, I have never seen any evidence proving that any threats actually occurred. But apparently facts just get in the way of a good, ‘bleeding heart liberals are out to steal our god given rights’ story.
commented 2016-01-12 20:14:08 -0500
If the aboriginals killed a few coyotes, would the leftists dare to raise an issue?
commented 2016-01-12 18:39:15 -0500
Not exactly about coyotes…but I love your ongoing exposure of the mess in Alberta….I really feel though that rather than doing small potatoes like the carbon tax and Bill 6, Albertans need to recall the NDP government there starting with the premiere. Alberta will be long gone by the time four years passes. You cannot afford any more of this, and they will never listen…no matter how many signatures you get. They don’t care……Is recall doable in Alberta?
commented 2016-01-12 15:31:23 -0500
Glenn Craig can’t help notice your savvy, don’t forget we’re all in this together.
commented 2016-01-12 13:28:18 -0500
@ Bill Elder bill…you gotta be ex-military…. you describe the hunt too well…
commented 2016-01-12 13:27:57 -0500
Back in the 70’s a friend of mine who was an avid hunter used to get up to $140 for a good coyote pelt. After the lefty activists shut down the fur industry the population exploded. I’m surprised there is still any market for them at all.
commented 2016-01-12 12:19:22 -0500
I have hunted coyotes for ranchers as a contract hunter when the populations get over peak levels and ranchers start losing millions in livestock – City people will have small dogs and pets go missing regularly, not to mention the coyote attacks on kids waiting for school buses. I used to run pedigree hunting dogs in competition trials and our group was always losing a dog to coyote attack. Now that the wolves have retreated to wilderness areas, coyotes have no natural population controls except mange and starvation –but it’s unlikely they will starve in a heavy agricultural area where poultry, and other livestock are accessible – their natural food is waterfowl, game birds, mice and gophers, but these are scarce in the winter and early spring when calving happens and an exploded coyote population sees unnatural things happen like packing instead of hunting pairs – packs get ambitious and start routinely feeding on livestock and wounding deer. We won’t mention other issues with coyote over population like rabies and serious diseases transferred to humans and pets from their fleas and ticks.

Traditionally infrequent mass coyote drives have minimal success on long term coyote control and the traditional way for farmers to take care of coyote problems was to chip in and buy an old sick horse from a neighbor, kill it and lace it with Strychnine then place this bait food in a popular coyote hunting trail. This was very effective and bait poisoning kept the coyote population at manageable levels – the down side of this was that the poison bate also killed raptors and other meat eating species not targeted for control. There was some leg-hold trapping up north but this is more for pelts than as a control method (I personally dislike this for the stress it puts on the animal before it expires.) Controlling Coyote numbers has other benefits aside from agricultural sustainability, coyotes ground nesting bird populations and waterfowl numbers –particularly during nesting and hatch. Large coyote outbreaks impact deer populations and wound many giving them a long painful death.

Hunting (that is a well-placed high speed bullet) is humane and species-specific as a predator/pest management method. The hundreds of Coyotes I have dispatched with precision tuned 6mm rifles never felt any pain or panic. The best type of hunting for success on Coyote is to go on concealed stand, call, and ambush from longer distances (where they can’t get your scent). Then move on to a new stand. Using this method I have taken as many as 14 coyotes on a cold winter day and was payed $ per coyote from the ranchers I contract to, plus $25 an ear bounty from the cattlemans assn. and sold the wet hides to a tanner for raw prime pelt price – pays for the gas there, the ammo and time with enough profit to continue. It’s hard but rewarding work – lots of foot travel, hours of silent motionless sitting and calling in freezing weather, the mess of dressing and hiding the take, the hours spent at the reloading bench and rifle range staying sharp enough for those 600yrd one shot kills.

Now, there is a growing urban psychosis concerning pest control – I get the bit about concern for species welfare and undue suffering (I am an ethical conservationist and humanitarian myself), but the anti-hunting psychosis breeding in the metro centers seems to be an amalgam of willful ignorance, political hatreds, class discrimination and subculture bigotry with animal welfare as the excuse. It seems natural that a corporate disinformation institution like the MSM, which thrives on fictional narratives and irrational hysteria, would give a voice to these nutters. To the MSM and these anti-hunting hysterics represent sensationalist news copy – most irrational hysteria gets print these days.

To the anti-hunting fanatics I have only one message: If you oppose hunting as an ethical, science-based wildlife management/conservation tool, then to stay ingenuous to this “ethic?” you must also denounce, just as actively, science based humane population control tools for humans like euthanasia, abortion, medical intervention and contraception – otherwise you reveal yourselves as just another bigoted group of low brow morons you say you dispise.
commented 2016-01-12 12:14:29 -0500
How do you spell pest species…V-A-R-M-I-N-T…
The first conservationists were hunters – most urban liberals won’t believe that fact.
Preservationists are not conservationists, they’re the tree-huggin’, ignorant animal rights activist, holier than thou, don’t want any footprint of man in the forest types, who mostly never get off the pavement…
Then there was the woman in Vancouver who was feeding coyotes pork chops, which then grabbed a 15 month old baby Ruth Chan from it’s stoller in the back yard – she got a slap on the wrist…
commented 2016-01-12 11:21:25 -0500
There you go AGAIN with the facts, Sheila. Knock it off….the left hates it.
commented 2016-01-12 11:04:46 -0500
I walked out my back door one morning and an ACME anvil dropped from the roof just missed me by inches……so I got my .223 …….best round if you want to reach out and touch a coyote up to 600yards.

Seriously though coyotes are not native to PEI….they came across the ice on the Nothumberland Straight as migrants from war torn New Brunswick….and when word got out that PEI was mostly Liberal…they started brazzenly coming across the Confederation Bridge at night …….They were quite brazen and thugish until it came clear that folks laid off from the Alberta oil patch could make a few bucks supplying parka liners for folks in Turkish refugee camps….now they make it a point to leave humans alone….the Liberal locals don’t seem to mind the coyote cull since we have that supersized breed that could match a timberwolf in a contest biting off the tops of parking meters…..and they seem to appreciate that the scantily toothed hillbillies are the thin red plaid/ Red Greene line between them and coyote colinization.
commented 2016-01-12 09:41:11 -0500
I’d go hunting with Sheila anytime. yummm, Mbeep,Mbeep,,, those coyotes need some Acme gismos to defend themselves.
commented 2016-01-12 09:34:57 -0500
I have wolves and coyotes. the wolves want nothing to do with humans. the coyotes will walk right up to you and steal your miniature dog. and eat it. and I was always certain that the Dingo did steal her baby… coyotes would. they are very dangerous animals and need to be controlled. I can butt-rush a pack of ten wolves and they will flee every time. coyotes stand their ground and fight back. and now I am starting to see the coyote-wolf hybrid. i’ll give you an update on their disposition after I butt-rush a couple of them. canada’s wonderland is fun but it doesn’t compare to springing up on a pack of wolves. it’s that moment when you all lock eyes for a split second and wonder if this is the last time…what a rush!
commented 2016-01-12 09:26:54 -0500
My wife loves that coyote fur on her Canada Goose parka. Warmest parka she has ever had. I wonder how many of those coyote loving urbanites wear a Canada Goose? Hypocrites!
commented 2016-01-12 09:16:36 -0500
Environmentalism is a cult taken over by psychopaths supported by weak minded people. They do more damage than good for the animals overall.
commented 2016-01-12 08:39:57 -0500
There is no pleasing the low information environuts who really are too driven by emotion to think logically. That is assuming they even can think logically.

They will never be happy even if they get their way because if the hunting stopped then the coyote population would over run the province and kill all the livestock.

Then the brain-dead environuts will not have food on their table … at least not the local food that they are always claiming we should all eat instead of imported food.
commented 2016-01-12 06:33:39 -0500
“Kai-yut repeat after any one dfrom Saskatchewan”
And from this part of rural Ontario, SCOTT ALLEN.
Surest way to pick out an urban dickhead in these parts is (a) by his pronunciation of coyote, and (b) by his urge to correct that which isn’t wrong.
commented 2016-01-12 02:07:29 -0500
Kai-yut repeat after any one dfrom saskatchewan
commented 2016-01-12 01:49:30 -0500
Repeat after me. Kai-o-tee.
commented 2016-01-12 00:12:24 -0500
I actually liked the howls at night when i grew up in a small town, i can hear it on rare occasions now where i live in Edmonton.
commented 2016-01-11 23:46:50 -0500
Considering that most people would be terrified if a coyote showed up in their neighbourhoods, why should anyone be concerned with coyote management?
commented 2016-01-11 23:32:45 -0500
Great job Sheila,

But only 13 coyotes?? Are you serious? Them boys didn’t even break a sweat then. I bet Alberta Fish and Wildlife are just shaking the heads in dismay. How disconnected from Rural Alberta can people actually become to think that 13 coyotes will threaten the species in a land where 43,000 pelts a year get exported? You just can’t fix stupid, I’m sorry!!
commented 2016-01-11 23:08:25 -0500
After appearing in a national film board documentary entitled bad coyote I received a number of lunatic emails condemning my professional opinion that the only good coyote is a dead coyote. In eastern Canada we have a new supercoyote cross between a wolf and coyote that have actually killed a person and attacked dozens of others. People have offered to defecate on my grave etc etc / in eastern Canada they are a top predator invasive species causing havoc in many areas- for any one not supporting the shooting of them I recommend you carry a gun on your next walk in the woods in Atlantic Canada / petting them won’t help much.
commented 2016-01-11 22:52:56 -0500
My buddy, another rancher, has him home in a wooded coulee, beautiful place. This spring he lost 10 calves and 2 cows to coyote kill. The woods make it particularly easy for coyotes to stock, kill and disappear in a second. The saddest is when his beloved dog went in the trees and did not come out. He carried him home one half in each hand. Don’t hate coyotes but it is either them or us. Also is the reason gun control is so ridiculous in our world.
commented 2016-01-11 22:15:09 -0500
Nothing more fun to have with your clothes on is a coyote derby or fishing derby.
commented 2016-01-11 22:05:53 -0500
I live in a suburb of Ottawa and have seen coyotes on more than one occasion. The last time I saw one it was trotting along the public pathway beside my house. Explains why my cat, the killer of all things moving, rarely ventures off the front porch anymore. Also explains the carnage on my front porch after I left a rabbit the cat had brought home. Thought I would deal with it in the morning only to find in the morning a mess of guts, bone, blood, and fur. It wasn’t the cat, she was in all night. Paul, you are correct. Eastern coyotes are much larger than their western and southern cousins.