Coyotes strike again near Conn

For the second time in as many months, a Conn area farmer has made dead livestock claim.

Earlier this month Well­ington North councillors re­viewed a compensation request by John Manion, of RR1 Conn.

Livestock evaluator Glenn O’Rourke’s reported that there was a sign of struggle, blood trails were in the area, and a carcass was dragged away.

He also cited tracks of about ten coyotes.

While his report stated the regional predation risk is mod­erate, the incidences are in­creasing.

Compensation for a newborn calf was $360 and $585 for the cow.

This time, on Jan. 9, a steer calf was taken down, again with signs of a struggle.

The front quarters and head were left, the remainder was eaten.

The report noted that predators are being hunted or trap­ped on the farm property.

This time, the value of the claim was $410, excluding the fees for the livestock evaluator’s work.

Manion’s claims now in­clude 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Council had no comments.