More Coyote Safety Education Offered

first_img hire a wildlife biologist specialist to focus on human wildlife conflict enhance education about avoiding coyotes train up to 15 trappers to target aggressive coyotes provide a $20 per pelt incentive for professional trappers to harvest coyotes The signs that offer advice on what to do if an aggressive coyote approaches will be posted, as appropriate, at parks, hiking trails and other locations. Signs warning of coyote traps in the area will also be posted in appropriate locations as determined by Natural Resources. The materials released today will enhance the province’s other public education efforts about coyotes. The Department of Natural Resources has sent experts to give more than 100 presentations at schools and community organizations around the province, provided fact sheets to school boards, outdoor organizations and media outlets, and expanded the coyote information on the government website. More educational materials on coyote awareness will be released and posted online. Back away! Act big! Make noise! The three rules to remember in an encounter with an aggressive coyote are represented by the acronym BAM on educational materials released today, March 24. “At this time of year, as Nova Scotians spend more time outdoors, we want them to remember how to avoid coyotes and how to defend themselves if attacked,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This campaign teaches that coyotes are part of nature and we need to follow simple rules that help us to live with them, in rural and urban areas.” Colourful signs, bookmarks, pamphlets and online videos advise people to Be Coyote Smart with tips on how to avoid the animals and how to act if an aggressive encounter does occur. The materials are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr, at Department of Natural Resources offices, and will be available to teachers and schools throughout the province. “Being coyote smart means carrying a walking stick and noisemaker when hiking in woods, not giving food or leaving food for wild animals, and remembering to think BAM if approached by an aggressive coyote – Back away, Act big, and Make noise,” said department wildlife conflict biologist, Mike Boudreau. The province announced a four-step plan last April to address the issue of aggressive coyotes. The steps, which are completed or ongoing are:last_img read more

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People smuggler arrested

Police have also completed their case against another people-smuggling boss called Jawed Muhmud, or Bilu, who is thought to be linked to four boats, including one which sank in June last year killing about 100 people.Prosecutors will now take the case to court. There were more than 210 people on board, and 189 people survived. The man, who is also known as Rosen, was arrested in Bogor, south of Jakarta, and police suspect he organised a boat which sank off Cidaun on the south-west coast of Java in July. Indonesian police have arrested a man who is understood to be a key people-smuggling boss, with suspected involvement in a fatal boat sinking.A senior Indonesian police source has told ABC News that they have arrested a Sri Lankan man called Akram. read more

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