An Annapolis County hobby farmer is scared for not only the safety of her animals but her two small children.
The constant presence of coyotes this summer has Port Lorne hobby farmer Amy Lynn Langlois concerned and scared for the safety of not only her farm animals, but her two small children who are two and five years old.
“The problem has been going on since July,” said Langlois, when she noticed some ducks were missing from the free-range flock. “I do a head count when I put the animals in for the night and I was missing three white ducks.
“My neighbour suggested they might have gone to the local pond so I went to have a look. When I came back there was the coyote not 30 feet from the barn with a hen in its mouth. I drove the jeep right up to the barn, got out yelled and it just stood there.”
Langlois said she is not the only one in the Port Lorne Road and Arlington Road area to have coyote problems this summer.
“It’s not just me. Two other neighbours” have also had coyote issues, adding there’s more than one coyote that’s causing concern.
“At least two dark brown ones and a grey one has been seen,” said Langlois. “They are not afraid of me or my dogs,” including a 160-pound Bull Mastiff. “There’s always two dogs outside on guard. They bark and the coyote just barks back. It’s not afraid…”
Langlois said she has lost
ducks, chickens and geese from her flock, which she keeps as pets for the children, as well as meat and eggs for the table. Langlois said she sees the coyote “on a regular basis,” anywhere from early morning to evening.
Langlois said she and her neighbours have called the Department of Natural Resources but felt they just “blew it off.”
“I’m quite upset about that. You would think they (DNR) would at least come out and have a look. You can see their tracks on the trail.”
When contacted, Mike Boudreau, human wildlife conflict biologist with DNR, said if someone
has a public safety concern with coyotes, they should report it to the local DNR office. Boudreau said there are things people can do to help deter coyotes from their property.
“It makes it tough when you have free range birds,” said Boudreau, noting coyotes, foxes and even racoons are all predators who can cue in on routines. If for example, a person usually puts the birds out at 7 a.m. and takes them in at 5 p.m., coyotes cue in on that so it helps to mix up the times.
If predators are getting into a barn through a small opening, secure it, said, Boudreau.
Amy Lynn Langlois loves her farm at Port Lorne, but coyotes have killed some of her animals and she feels her children are threatened. It started back in July and others in the area have also experienced problems with the animals.