N.B. cattle producers say coyotes attacking their herds
A coyote looks on from an enclosure as a cow walks past at the Millville Predator Research Facility in Millville, Utah, Thursday, June 11, 2009. (AP / Colin Braley)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:34PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:23PM EDT
FREDERICTON -- Cattle producers in New Brunswick say their herds are being ravaged by coyote attacks.
Jennifer MacDonald, president of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick, says coyotes are killing calves, despite their best prevention efforts.
She says at a time when the beef industry is trying to recover from poor market prices and the mad cow crisis, the coyote attacks could be the last straw for many producers.
MacDonald says the province needs a compensation program to at least offset some of the financial losses.
She says preventative measures, such as fencing, are inadequate responses to coyote attacks.