Coyotes in Montreal seem to be the talk of the town every other day.
We have an (apparent) epidemic happening with wild coyotes in the city limits.
Since June, over 300 coyote sightings have been reported, many in Montreal's North-East areas. There have been 5 attacks against humans, 10 dog injuries, and 1 dog's death.
The city of Montreal has reportedly contracted a trapper to hunt the coyotes in a pretty controversial move.
So, the city is gonna count on this trapper dude to hunt all our wild coyotes running rampant and terrifying local citizens. The problem with that is that what they are planning to do is still considered inhumane. Safety first, though, right?
This week, David Rodrigue, the director at the Ecomuseum Zoo, had some words of wisdom and warnings for Montreal in light of increased sightings.
"Coyotes are not Instagram fodder. Don't try to take selfies with the coyote, just enjoy the fact that it's there," is essentially what Rodrigue had to say.
Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems like common-sense, doesn't it?
I mean, it's no big secret that people in this city are sometimes lacking when it comes to common sense - but a warning to not try to get close and take a selfie of a wild animal? Is this really necessary?
Sure, coyotes can be cute and make for a good picture... especially little ones like these guys!
Still, I can't help but feel like whichever moron actually tries this deserves to be coyote dinner... or at least a plaything. Maybe this is a little harsh, but c'mon, a selfie?
This is dumb. Definitely some great points from Rodrigue, but I have some sympathy for him even having to say this statement at all.
I've been looking online for people in Montreal who've taken these coyote selfies, and I can't seem to find any. I don't think they exist. At least not in Montreal that I can see! They do come up elsewhere, though.
The city of Montreal just launched a "coyote hotline", that is active as of today (April 11) for locals to call and report coyote sightings.
The new coyote hotline will be open 7 days a week, from 9 AM - 5 PM.
To obtain information or report a coyote, dial 438-872-COYO (2696).... and remember kids, don't take selfies with loose wild animals.