Hunter wants more information from coyote carcasses

Brodie Thomas
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Burgeo (Newfoundland & Labrador) resident Dion Dominey has been hunting coyotes since 2004.

Hunter Dion Dominey has been getting a lot of coyotes in the Burgeo area of Newfoundland this year. He wants to see the Department of Natural Resources release more data on the carcasses that are being sent in.

He said he has 16 hides hanging up in his shed. He’s given a few away over the years, but eight of those hides are from kills in the past few months.

He thinks the species population is up in the Burgeo area when compared with past years.

“There’s lots of tracks everywhere,” said Mr. Dominey. “More than you would believe.”

On a recent Sunday hunting trip, he bagged his latest coyote. On that same day, two of his friends hit two separate coyotes with their vehicles while driving on Route 480.

Mr. Dominey thinks more are coming around because the snow is down and there are more tracks to follow.

“They’re out looking to get their food, just like the rest of us.”

He also thinks there are fewer piles of moose entrails to scavenge now that hunting season is over.

So far, Mr. Dominey has shot two coyotes with radio collars put on by wildlife officials. He has sent those collars in to officals, along with the carcass of every animal he shoots.

When he sent in his first radio collar, the Department of Natural Resources sent back the data from the collar, including where the animal was collared and where it had been shot. He is awaiting that data for the second collar he returned.

He would like to see the department give hunters back more information on the carcasses they are sending in.

“It’s something all of us would like to get,” said Mr. Dominey. “I’m sure they could send it back. Just things like, was it seven years old or two years old? What’s in the belly?”

In past interviews, wildlife biologists have said coyotes are not killing many adult caribou. Mr. Dominey said he has seen evidence of caribou kills happening.

He came across a caribou carcass in the middle of a frozen pond. He thinks the coyotes chased the caribou onto the ice and attacked it when it lost its footing.

Mr. Dominey said he doesn’t like the fact hunters can’t hunt coyotes during the summer months. He would like to see the season open year round.

Even with extra hunting time, he agress with provincial wildlife biologists who say it would be impossible to eradicate coyotes on the island.

“They’re tough,” he said. “My father-in-law shot one with three legs. We didn’t realize he only had three legs until it was shot. You wouldn’t know it to see it run.”

The Department of Natural Resources was contacted for this story but did not respond before deadline. We hope to follow up next week.

Gulf News

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Burgeo

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