The Red Deer River Naturalists (RDRN) have five major speakers per year . Speakers are chosen for their expertise on naturalist topics.
On Thur Oct. 27 Dr. Gilbert Proulx spoke to us on the payment of bounties for the capture of nuisance wildlife. Many RDRN members are very concerned about payment of bounties.
Dr. Proulx gave us reasons why bounties don't work.
With wolves or coyotes, if a large number are killed the remaining population has larger litters so you have just as many animals and they are young and stupid so potentially more of a problem.
Only a small number of wolves or coyotes are problem animals. You can kill lots of animals and if you don't get the ones causing the problem, you still have your same old problem.
There are too many opportunities to cheat the bounty system and just make money. In some places money is paid for one foot. Well the animal has 4 feet. Animals are taken in non bounty zones and bounties claimed in bounty paying zones.
Methods of killing the animals are very cruel. Snares and strychnine cause a very painful death.
Dr Proulx's talk was humorous, interesting and informative.