Coyote Reduction Program

Res #: 4-23M
Number: 4
Year: 2023
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS the province implemented the Saskatchewan Coyote Control Program as a pilot project in 2009-2010 to combat significant increases in livestock losses due to coyotes.

WHEREAS the Province halted the Saskatchewan Coyote Control Program for unknown reasons.

WHEREAS SARM members have previously submitted coyote-related resolutions in 2011, 2012 and 2018. In 2011 and 2012, the province said it had no plans to re-introduce the coyote control program. In 2018, the province provided no response.

WHEREAS Health Canada has banned strychnine as a poison, increasing Richardson Ground Squirrel populations and thus increasing coyote populations due to an abundance of prey.

WHEREAS there has been a marked increase in coyote populations in Saskatchewan.

WHEREAS existing coyote programs, including the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, are reactive in dealing with coyotes and fail to reduce coyote populations.

WHEREAS existing coyote programs are largely oriented towards the negative effects of coyotes on agricultural producers and do not account for the negative impacts of coyotes on residential areas (including their effect on human safety and domestic animals).

WHEREAS it would be cost-effective to keep coyote populations in check, especially in known hot spots.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to reinstate the Saskatchewan Coyote Control Program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED should the provincial government choose not to reinstate the Saskatchewan Coyote Control Program, that SARM lobby the provincial government to explore alternative measures to control coyote populations within Saskatchewan, such as including coyotes as an approved pest under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership cost-share rebate program.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture & Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

December 5, 2023

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides producers with compensation for eligible livestock lost due to predators. SCIC provides up to 100 per cent compensation for injury or death of eligible livestock, fowl, or specialty animals by predators and up to 80 per cent of the animal’s value to cover veterinary costs incurred as a result of the injury, due to a predator attack.

This Program can also provide compensation for approved prevention measures. If a producer is having predation issues, SCIC will coordinate a predation specialist to come to the operation to assess the situation. The predation specialist aids in removing predators or may work with the producer to create a plan to protect the livestock from predators. Through the Wildlife Damage Prevention program, producers are eligible for up to a $100 rebate after purchasing a recognized guardian dog breed for their operation. SCIC can help the Ministry of Environment identify high loss areas to target predator removal areas.

The Honourable David Marit – Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

December 18, 2023

While the Ministry of Environment does not intensively monitor coyote populations, they are considered healthy in the province. Saskatchewan continues to offer year-round harvest opportunities for coyote throughout the province where most coyote concerns exist. The ministry will continue to work with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation to use predator specialists in areas where depredation concerns exist.

The Honourable Christine Tell – Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment