August 21, 2007
Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Control Applauds Masswildlife on New Coyote Regulations
The Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Control (MAPAC) is a non profit trade association representing private wildlife management firms and PAC agents in the commonwealth of Massachusetts for the past fifteen years.
MAPAC applauds the new program from the Massachusetts division of fisheries & wildlife and vows to cooperate with them and all local authorities to protect the public from coyotes that prove to be a danger to people.MAPAC board members recently met with representatives of the Massachusetts division of fisheries & wildlife (Masswildlife) at the field headquarters in Westborough Mass., and everyone came away from the table with a good feeling about the new coyote regulations.
This isn't a free pass for PAC agents to kill coyotes as it is being interpreted by animal rights groups, but a means for some to be able to legally kill an animal that poses an actual threat to public safety.
The regulations pertaining to PAC agents will require an additional certification including a training course and a definite criteria for what constitutes a danger to the public. The local police and town managers will most likely be involved in that decision making process and PAC agents will be required to provide educational material to home owners with coyote problems.
Coyotes that live in a neighborhood woodlot are not an actual danger unless they begin to exhibit behavior that puts people at risk. Animals that attack people and pets or show no fear of human presence are the main concern.
A list of certified agents will be made available to the public along with a check list on hiring an agent with the proper liability and financial requirements. More information on hiring PAC agents to remediate wildlife issues on private property can be found at http://problemanimalcontrol.com.
Masswildife officials will be informing PAC agents about the new regulations at the MAPAC training session this fall; it is MAPAC's position that all individuals who are certified as PAC agents in the Commonwealth be financially responsible and that they be trained not only in wildlife management and habitat modification but also workplace safety hazards and legal business operations. Therefore, yearly training sessions are made available to PAC agents.
MAPAC also applauds the decision to extend the coyote hunting season; we are all conservationists at heart and believe in sound wildlife management. The Massachusetts division of fish & game traditionally use sportsmen such as hunters and trappers to manage wildlife populations. Unfortunately, in 1996 one year after the division reintroduced soft catch foot hold traps to regain control of the coyote population, animal rights fanatics became so infuriated that they used the ballot process to ban all steel traps and thus crippled furbearer management in Massachusetts. The results were that renewable natural resources like beaver have become a "pest species" in Massachusetts causing unprecedented amounts of flooding and damage and unnecessary killing and disposal of thousands of beavers out of season.
Massachusetts wildlife officials are taking action to prevent this from happening to coyotes and they should be commended. Currently their hands are tied and coyote complaints have now taken over beaver complaints as the highest call volume to the division on a daily basis.
For more information on foothold traps and wildlife management check out the "destroying the myth" video on the MAPAC website - http://problemanimalcontrol.com.
About the Massachusetts Association of Problem Animal Control (MAPAC)
A non-profit trade association, MAPAC's mission is to support the private wildlife management Industry and promote them as protectors of health, property and the environment. MAPAC's membership includes licensed, insured wildlife managers across New England. The association conducts public education and awareness activities, represents its members in legislative and regulatory initiatives, and provides training and reference tools to members on advances within the private wildlife management industry.
For more information, visit http://problemanimalcontrol.com, or call toll-free 1-866-WILDPRO (866-945-3776).
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