July 1, 2015
New Castle, NY Adopts Humane Coyote Management Plan
The Town of New Castle has passed a humane coyote management policy for solving conflicts among people, pets and coyotes.
Lynsey White Dasher, director of humane wildlife conflict resolution for The Humane Society of the United States said: “We are so pleased that the Town of New Castle has adopted a humane plan for preventing and managing coyote conflicts and can now serve as a role model for communities across the nation. An approach that uses education and coyote hazing techniques addresses the root cause of coyote conflicts and is much more effective than expensive, inhumane and futile trapping and killing programs.”
The new policy focuses on educating residents, managing trash and other items that attract coyotes, collecting coyote sighting data and using proven nonlethal techniques of aversive conditioning (or hazing) to deter coyotes who have become too bold. The HSUS provided training in these techniques to New Castle police officers and residents in 2013 and worked with the committees involved to draft the new policy.
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