Province axes pay for coyote carcasses
Hunters no longer being paid $25 per animal
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.
Coyote carcasses are displayed in a file photo.