The province is extending the pelt incentive part of its plan to make families and communities safer from aggressive coyote behaviour.
"People deserve to feel safe in their communities whether they are out walking trails or just enjoying their own backyards," said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. "Our four-part plan is helping families better understand the dangers of coyotes, how to avoid them, and what to do if they come into contact with one."
The pelt incentive program is designed to change aggressive coyote behaviour. The program encourages licensed trappers to harvest coyotes by offering an incentive of $20 per pelt during the regular trapping season, Oct. 15 to March 31. It has been in place since fall 2010 and has been extended by three years.
Biologists say more trappers catching coyotes may help change the behaviour of the coyote population by reinforcing the animals' natural instinct to avoid people.
"Expanding the program will give us the time to better assess how effective it is in changing coyote behaviour over the long-term," said Parker.
The province brought in the four-part plan to help make people safer from coyotes. Natural Resources released educational materials provincewide, trained 13 trappers to target aggressive coyotes in selected areas, hired a wildlife conflict biologist, and implemented the pelt incentive program.
People can learn more about the plan and download Be Coyote Smart educational materials at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .