We have received a report of a possible coywolf (cross between coyote, wolf and/or dog) pack around the end of Jingo Lake Road and perhaps in other nearby areas. The pack has been heard several mornings in the last week yelping and howling while running deer in the nearby woods at dawn and in the evening.
Unlike purebred coyotes or wolves which shy away from humans, some coywolves are comfortable with close proximity to humans. They are a potential danger to small pets and children, especially when traveling in a pack.
Saturday, September 3rd, 12pm to 4pm (Saturday of Labour Day Weekend)
Where: The West Residence. 1346 South Waseosa Lake Road, on the west shore in the southern half of Lake Waseosa (see map below) - use South Waseosa Lake Road.
This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and the members of the board of the association.
Members will recall that last year the LWRA paid to have the University of Waterloo student program perform independent testing of the water quality on all four local lakes. The results of this were circulated to members last fall. The LWRA Directors had decided to repeat the testing this year on the two lakes that appeared to warrant closer monitoring (Palette & Waseosa), and to repeat in future years on Ripple and Jessop. Unfortunately, changes in the U of W's presence in Huntsville mean that this program has been cancelled.
Members will recall that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a fish netting survey in August 2015, to evaluate the state of our fish populations. We published a brief initial summary of their findings last fall, in advance of their final report. The full report has now been produced, and is attached.
The lake plan for lakes Waseosa, Jessop, Ripple and Palette has been submitted to the Town of Huntsville as part of its Official Plan (OP) review. A Lake Plan is a document that can be incorporated into the OP, where it then provides additional guidance on land use direction. Such plans are "intended to identify, reflect and respond to the character and physical capabilities of particular lakes". Currently, lakes Vernon, Mary, Peninsula, Fairy and Menominee have approved lake plans.
This summer, the LWRA hired the University of Waterloo to test the water quality. This complements the testing done by the District of Muskoka (on Waseosa and Jessop only), volunteer testing as part of the Lake Partners' Program (on Waseosa and Palette), and volunteer benthos testing on Waseosa.
Red Foxes are common around the LWRA, but we have noticed increased activity over the past month, with numerous early morning sightings (especially on Thursday garbage mornings). One resident on N Waseosa has reported a confrontation with a neighbourhood domestic cat. Small pets face risks when off-leash in the wild: please take care! Have you noticed more foxes than normal this fall?
Welcome to the lake!! How lucky you are to spend time on Waseosa, Pallet, Ripple or Jingo Lake.
We know you want to be a good neighbour and an active protector of our special environment.
To do this there are a few simple things you must know:
We live in bear country and sometimes we get to meet them nose-to-snout. Reports of encounters are becoming more common in this area. What to do if you encounter a bear?
IN AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY:
contact your local police force or dial 911
TO REPORT BEAR PROBLEMS: contact the Bear Reporting Line at:
1-866-514-2327 (TTY) 705 945-7641