If theyre hungry, they are going to come after you
HILDEN - Any animal that can drag off a 72-kilogram (160 lbs.) sheep is a danger to people and should be dealt with, a local farmer believes.
"If they're hungry, they are going to come after you," said Hilden sheep farmer Maggie Perry, of what she perceives as a growing threat by coyotes. "They're opportunists and if they get the opportunity it doesn't matter if it's a child, a dog, a cat (or), a grownup, they're going to go for you."
Perry's opinions are based on a long history of losing sheep to local coyotes. A kill on Saturday morning of a 70-kilogram ewe brought to at least 46 the number of her sheep lost to coyotes this year.
And while she knows the difficulty involved with trying to eradicate a complete coyote population, she also believes too many people are not taking the issue seriously enough or that they do not believe of the true dangers the animals present.
The issue was brought to
the fore last week when an
Ontario teen hiking alone in Cape Breton was attacked and killed by coyotes.
Perry said she will no longer permit her young grandchildren to play outside in the fields because of the constant presence of coyotes in the area and she believes others would be wise to use the same caution.
"There's enough here killing now that all the ones in the area should be gone," she said, adding she witnessed a "huge one" behind her barn Monday morning.
"The ones here are pretty brazen and they're getting bigger," she said. "If anybody's going for a walk they should carry something with them, whether it's a can of mace, a stick or something to deter them."