The Nova Scotia government says 3,340 coyotes were killed by licensed trappers during the 2011-2012 season as part of its plan to reduce aggressive coyote behaviour.
The controversial program operated by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources began in April, 2010.
This past season, which ran from October 15 to March 31, saw the addition of thirty-seven new trappers, bringing the total number of professional trappers to 403. Trappers are paid twenty dollars for each properly prepared pelt.
Mike Boudreau, the province's conflict wildlife biologist said, "The pelt-incentive program has been successful in attracting 37 more trappers this year, which helps strengthen the coyote population's negative association with people, making people safer. Trappers must check their traps every day and their presence in the woods and the traps they set send a regular message to the coyote population that humans should be avoided."
This season, the province paid out $66,800 for the pelts.
The pelt-incentive program was never intended to reduce the coyote population. Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources said in a press release, "The four-part coyote plan was launched two years ago to educate people about aggressive coyotes and to change the behaviour of aggressive coyotes toward people. We are working to make the province safer for everyone."
Recently, a 14-year-old boy was attacked by coyotes while on a dirt bike trip in Cape Breton, reported CBC News.
According to the Chronicle Herald, the first recorded fatal coyote attack in Nova Scotia was Taylor Mitchell in 2009, and was only the second in North America.