Take Action: Fate of Ontario's coyotes soon to be determined

March 29, 2011 The clock is ticking for Ontario's coyotes and other wildlife. A proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy will soon determine whether the mindless and cruel persecution of wildlife continues in Ontario or whether our province joins other more civilized jurisdictions in implementing progressive strategies that promote coexistence.

Step 1: Please submit your comments online  

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Please use the online form posted on the EBR to send your comments to Yves Tremblay at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs before April 11, 2011.  It is crucial that they hear your views and not just those with hunting, farming and natural resource interests. Click here to bring up the form, enter your information and click "Save" to send.

HELPFUL TIP:  We suggest that after you click the "Save" button that you copy and paste your letter from the confirmation page into an email for Step 2.  If you do not know how to 'copy and paste', simply re-type your comments into the email.

Step 2: Please also send your comments by email

With subject line: "Agriculture-Wildlife Strategy Must Respect Biodiversity" to:

1)  Premier Dalton dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
2)  Hon. Linda Jeffrey, ljeffrey.mpp@liberal.ola.org
3)  Hon. Carol Mitchell, minister.omafra@ontario.ca

It is just as important to copy cc:

4)  Andrea Horwath, ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca
5)  Your MPP
6)  Your local mayor or in the case of Ottawa, mayor Jim Watson, Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca
and your Ottawa city councillor.

7) and blind copy bcc: us for our confidential records bcc: webmaster@wildlifeontario.ca.

Tips for letter writing

You can draw on some of the points below but it is important to put the points in your own words or, at least, reorder them so it doesn't appear to be a 'form' list. And, please do not forward this page as it will NOT count as 'personal' opinion and could hurt the campaign's efforts.

  • The Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy needs to reflect the views of the majority of Ontarians
  • It is, therefore, essential that the proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Working Group include members that represent community wildlife interests. It cannot be one-sided with only agriculture and natural resource or hunting interests as members if it is to have the legitimacy and transparency needed for public acceptance
  • Sustainable farming in Ontario needs to work with nature, not be at war with it.  'Good Things Grow in Ontario' and 'Buy Ontario' campaigns encourage consumers to buy fresh, home grown food. These campaigns will fail if the cost is seen by consumers to be the elimination of Ontario's wildlife in brutal and ill-informed attacks
  • No one owns nature. Not farmers or hunting interests. Wildlife belongs to all Ontarians and it needs to be cared for on behalf of all Ontarians
  • Livestock losses due to coyote predation in Ontario are insignificant. Losses represent only 1% in numbers of sheep and 0.08% in numbers of cattle produced. This is insignificant when you consider that other small businesses in Ontario experience up to 3% in lost profits annually due to theft and get no compensation for their losses from government
  • The Strategy must be based on conflict prevention. Farmers have to take responsibility for protecting their livestock assets, just as any other business is required to protect its assets
  • Farmers need to build in a "cost of doing business" loss for predation, just as they do for other natural factors such as variable weather conditions
  • Clearly, the majority of livestock producers are taking measures to protect their assets. The Strategy therefore needs to focus on these local "best management practices" as well as lessons learned from other countries that have been highly successful in reducing livestock predation
  • Without a serious commitment to conflict prevention, there will be continually-increasing compensation demands and a greater reliance on this compensation by producers, more unwarranted attacks on wildlife to justify compensation, escalating costs to taxpayers and increased criticism from the public who value wildlife

Background Information:

Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy EBR,  EBR Registry Number: 011-2677

Wildlife Discussion Paper

Contact Premier Dalton McGuinty

Contact Information

Queen's Park
Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Tel 416-325-1941
Fax 416-325-3745

1795 Kilborn Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6N1
Tel 613-736-9573
Fax 613-736-7374

Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources

Ministry of Natural Resources
Suite 6630, 6th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Tel 416-314-2301
Fax 416-325-5316

Hon. Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
11th Floor
77 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B3
Tel 416-326-3074
Fax 416-326-3083

Andrea Horwath, Leader, NDP

Room 114, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park,
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5.

Ontario MPP's 

As listed on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.

Ottawa City Councillors

As listed on the City of Ottawa website.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

City of Ottawa,
110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

Please bcc: us

Please blind copy us for our records bcc: webmaster@wildlifeontario.ca

Deadline for public comments:
April 11, 2011
Coyote in long grass
Photo credit: Adele Brand