Cornwall for the coyotes, Part I

APFA, along with our partner organization Coyote Watch Canada, is in Cornwall, Ontario this week, celebrating coyotes and educating the public.

Last year, increased sightings of coyotes in one residential neighbourhood raised concerns amongst the public and action was requested. Fortunately, no lethal control was taken and sightings reduced. APFA and CWC were invited to speak with local officials, investigate ‘hot spot’ sighting areas and provide education for the public.

This week, our team arrived by train and immediately set out with a volunteer to investigate areas where sightings were highest. Our findings will be posted later this week, in a separate blog, shared with CWC.

The following day, we spent more than three hours exploring the vast wilds behind a local farmer’s property. With the help of CWC’s Lesley Sampson, we tracked numerous animals, including rabbits, ermines, wild turkeys and, yes, a coyote. It became abundantly clear that there is a healthy ecosystem in the area, one that – without human intervention – will continue to balance itself naturally.

In addition to a very pleasant and progressive meeting with city officials and time with local advocates, we also visited The Grind Internet Café, whose owners are hosting a coyote art exhibit until the end of the month.

Tonight, APFA and CWC will be presenting to the community on the benefits and successes of coexistence.

Stay tuned for more from this important community initiative, including blogs, photos and videos.

Photo: CWC and APFA investigate a field bordering a residential development at sunset in Cornwall, Ontario.

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