Prov­ince axes pay for coy­ote car­casses

Hunters no longer be­ing paid $25 per an­i­mal

The Compass - - COMMUNITTY BOARD - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK TC MEDIA The Telegram

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment will no longer pay $25 for coy­ote car­casses.

The move should save roughly $30,000 to $35,000 a year, by the lat­est counts avail­able from the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion.

In 2012-2013, a to­tal of 1,221 coy­ote car­casses were ac­cepted by the prov­ince. The fol­low­ing year, the last avail­able count, it was 1,090 an­i­mals.

The change re­gard­ing coy­otes is not the only one rel­e­vant to hunters and an­glers in New­found­land and Labrador in the com­ing year.

The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion put an end to some re­quired and re­quested sub­mis­sions of an­i­mal parts by li­censed hunters and trap­pers.

“This comes af­ter a re­view to guide de­ci­sions in Bud­get 201617, en­sur­ing pro­grams re­main rel­e­vant and ef­fi­cient,” read a state­ment high­light­ing the changes.

There is no longer a re­quire­ment for the sub­mis­sion of the lower jaw­bones of moose and cari­bou, for ex­am­ple, or the sub­mis­sion of black bear skulls and jaw­bones.

Skull clean­ing and lynx car­cass col­lec­tion has ended as well.

How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note there is a stand­ing re­quire­ment for hand­ing in ac­ci­den­tally cap­tured an­i­mals in­clud­ing New­found­land marten, ea­gles and lynx; beaver and lynx pelts gath­ered by trap­pers must still be reg­is­tered; po­lar bear skulls still have to be sub­mit­ted; as do the en­tire skull or jaw­bone of Labrador wolves.

“All wildlife pop­u­la­tions will con­tinue to be man­aged ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of data col­lec­tion, pop­u­la­tion mod­el­ing and hunter and trap­per li­cence re­turn sub­mis­sions,” stated the no­tice.

Mean­while, the fee for li­cences for wolf hunt­ing and salmon fish­ing have in­creased with the bud­get.

TC MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Coy­ote car­casses are dis­played in a file photo.

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