If you encounter a coyote: keep property free of unsecured garbage, especially if it contains food waste clean-up spilled bird seed around bird feeders do not feed pets outdoors keep compost bins secured keep small pets indoors or supervised when on a leash Coyote sightings around the province are prompting officials to remind Nova Scotians of steps to take to discourage wildlife from scavenging near homes and what to do should they encounter a coyote. Department of Natural Resources offices have received a record number of calls regarding coyotes from people. “Education is most important,” said Mike O’Brien, Natural Resources wildlife biologist. “We must encourage our children and neighbours to follow these guidelines and keep in mind, coyotes are wild animals and deserve our respect.” Coyotes prefer wild foods but will scavenge for food when hungry. This includes outdoor garbage, compost, pet foods, waste around retail or commercial businesses and handouts from people. Feeding coyotes makes them less fearful of people and eating food provided by people. To discourage coyotes from scavenging near homes people should: do not feed, touch, or photograph the animal leave the area by slowly backing away while remaining calm. Do not turn and run use personal alarm devices to frighten the animal encourage the animal to leave by providing space if animal exhibits aggressive behaviour, try to appear to be larger and noisier or throw sticks and rocks fight back aggressively if the animal attacks “It’s important for us to realize that the risk of attack and injury from coyotes is extremely low,” said Mr. O’Brien. “While recently we had a tragic event in Cape Breton, we have to remember that in the 30 years that coyotes have been in Nova Scotia only a few incidents have been reported.” Bounties have been tried across North America, however they have always been unsuccessful in reducing coyote populations. A bounty was initiated in Nova Scotia in 1982 and was removed in 1986 when it was determined to have no impact on population. Local Department of Natural Resources offices should be contacted where nuisance wildlife are creating a concern for human safety, destruction of property, or a diseased or injured animal is found. A list of local offices can be found at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/staffdir/offices.asp For more information, visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/coyotes-faq.asp
The Subcommittee will be visiting places of deprivation of liberty and will hold discussions on Sri Lanka establishing an independent National Preventive Mechanism.The Optional Protocol, which Sri Lanka ratified in 2017, requires such a mechanism to be established with the authority and capacity to undertake preventive visits to any place where persons may be deprived of their liberty.“During our visit we will be exploring the steps Sri Lanka needs to take to effectively prevent torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty,” said Victor Zaharia. “We will also advise the authorities on the full implementation of their treaty obligations, including how they can best establish a national independent body to visit places of detention.” The delegation includes Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). (Colombo Gazette) The delegation comprised of Victor Zaharia, (Head of Delegation), Staybhooshun Gupt Domah, Petros Michaelides, and Ms. June Lopez. The SPT Delegation met with Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners Ms. Ramani Muttetuwegama and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan and discussed issues of mutual concern and interest. The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is on its first visit to Sri Lanka to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.Their talks in Colombo will focus on advising and assisting the Sri Lankan authorities regarding the measures they must take to be in compliance with the obligations contained in the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. A UN committee on torture prevention has met with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka said today.The delegation of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), currently in Sri Lanka, visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.