Coyote attacks continue

Coyote attacks continue

There are 3 comments on the InsideHalton.com story from Jan 17, 2012, titled Coyote attacks continue. In it, InsideHalton.com reports that:

Coyote attacks continue. Angel, a five-year-old, four-pound Yorkshire terrier, was attacked by a coyote Monday evening while on a walk with its owner along a ravine in West Oak Trails Park.

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Anna

Toronto, Canada

#1 Jan 31, 2012
Kirk LaPointe
CBC Ombudsman
P.O. Box Station A
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6

Dear Mr. LaPointe,

am writing to ask that the CBC Ombudsman investigate the editorial standard of a newscast aired on the CBC Radio noon newscast of Friday Jan. 20, 2012.

CBC Radio reported an unfortuante incident that occurred on Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 in Oakville Ontario. A young girl was bitten by a coyote while playing in a neighbour’s backyard. The coyote was subsequently shot by officials.

The newscast went beyond reporting the facts of the incident. It added degortory editorial comment in describing the coyote as a ‘beast’ and failed to place the incident in context.

Such strong degortory editorial comment combined with a lack of contextual information could result in creating an atmosphere of fear rather than one of educated caution.

Coyotes, like wolves, have been victims of hyperbole, which results in myth perpetuation, poorly considered management plans and renegade killing contests and bounties simply because we have failed to better understand these animals.

For example, in Ontario coyotes are hunted with packs of dogs that can attack and rip apart a coyote. If these animals are villified by an uneducated press such undeserving brutuality can be rationalized.

For the general public such reporting does little to help us understand and resolve human / wildlife conflicts.

Coyotes live among us both in rural and urban landscapes. They have lived among us for decades but we have learned very little about their ecology and how to coexist with them.

In part, this is because they are very shy animals and avoid humans. Generally, coyotes that cross paths with humans tend to be juveniles who have yet to learn where not to go.

While there should always be caution when encountering a coyote or any animal, it is editorial misconduct to intentionally villify them by protraying them as ‘beasts’ and more dangerous than they really are.

According to research, domestic dogs bite an average of over 400,000 people a year in Canada. Scratches and bites from coyotes average 2.4 incidences a year. I question whether a CBC news report would apply the same degortory comments in describing a dog bite therefore showing bias towards wildlife.

It needs to be acknowledged that coyotes are here to stay. They are part of the natural landscape and they fill an important ecological niche. It is our responsibility to learn how to live with wildlife, and the press’s responsibility to report with accuracy.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

www.peacefulparks.org
Meep Meep

Cartago, Costa Rica

#2 Feb 7, 2012
Anna wrote:
Kirk LaPointe
CBC Ombudsman
P.O. Box Station A
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6
Dear Mr. LaPointe,
am writing to ask that the CBC Ombudsman investigate the editorial standard of a newscast aired on the CBC Radio noon newscast of Friday Jan. 20, 2012.
CBC Radio reported an unfortuante incident that occurred on Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 in Oakville Ontario. A young girl was bitten by a coyote while playing in a neighbour’s backyard. The coyote was subsequently shot by officials.
The newscast went beyond reporting the facts of the incident. It added degortory editorial comment in describing the coyote as a ‘beast’ and failed to place the incident in context.
Such strong degortory editorial comment combined with a lack of contextual information could result in creating an atmosphere of fear rather than one of educated caution.
Coyotes, like wolves, have been victims of hyperbole, which results in myth perpetuation, poorly considered management plans and renegade killing contests and bounties simply because we have failed to better understand these animals.
For example, in Ontario coyotes are hunted with packs of dogs that can attack and rip apart a coyote. If these animals are villified by an uneducated press such undeserving brutuality can be rationalized.
For the general public such reporting does little to help us understand and resolve human / wildlife conflicts.
Coyotes live among us both in rural and urban landscapes. They have lived among us for decades but we have learned very little about their ecology and how to coexist with them.
In part, this is because they are very shy animals and avoid humans. Generally, coyotes that cross paths with humans tend to be juveniles who have yet to learn where not to go.
While there should always be caution when encountering a coyote or any animal, it is editorial misconduct to intentionally villify them by protraying them as ‘beasts’ and more dangerous than they really are.
According to research, domestic dogs bite an average of over 400,000 people a year in Canada. Scratches and bites from coyotes average 2.4 incidences a year. I question whether a CBC news report would apply the same degortory comments in describing a dog bite therefore showing bias towards wildlife.
It needs to be acknowledged that coyotes are here to stay. They are part of the natural landscape and they fill an important ecological niche. It is our responsibility to learn how to live with wildlife, and the press’s responsibility to report with accuracy.
I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely,
www.peacefulparks.org
Well said. People have cried out for a widespread cull but with only 2 fatal Coyote attacks on humans ever in recorded history we have nothing to worry about. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than you do being attacked by a Coyote.
Dangerous dog at large

Oakville, Canada

#3 Mar 15, 2013
There is a rabid pit bull loose in the area around Downtown Oakville. Walk in groups of two or more, limit walking at night, carry a whistle and a stick and stay alert.

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