August 2010- Source: The Globe & Mail
The Cape Breton park will continue to trap and kill aggressive coyotes after two attacks within 10 months. Park staff is using air horns, pepper spray to prevent the coyotes from becoming too familiar with the visitors. Nova Scotia’s natural resources minister approved a controversial program since hunting & trapping is not allowed in the federal park. They are offering trappers $20 for each coyote they bring in, starting in October. John MacDonnell said he wouldn’t mind if trappers eliminated HALF of the provinces estimated 8,000 coyotes by next spring. The first recorded fatal attack happened in Nova Scotia last October—surprisingly only the second ever in North America. For something that happens so rarely is this really the answer?