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Coexist with coyotes

Posted: May 29, 2010 11:19 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Regarding "Get rid of all those coyotes" (May 21): Once again I find it necessary to address the problem of the "dangerous" coyotes in our neighborhoods.

I live in the hills around Santa Clarita and do not have problems with coyotes, even though we share the same area. The main reason is that I respect the natural environment and the natural animal population we share and have lived in for many years.

We coexist because I don't let my small dogs or cats outside alone. Because of the intense land development and land destruction, coyotes have been forced into areas that they would have never come years ago.

Cats and small dogs (even larger dogs) that are free to roam are in danger of getting hit by cars, getting into fights, getting shot or hurt by humans that don't want them around and yes, killed by animals that want to eat them. Cats that are out roaming around freely are also a big reason that wild birds are being stalked and killed everyday.

It is actually better for cats to live indoors, as it will keep them away from the dangers I have mentioned and they will live a longer and healthier life.

Unfortunately, people leave their cats and dogs outside along with their pets' food, which of course will attract other non-domestic animals such as coyotes.

Coyotes, which many years ago were not a problem to the population that coexisted around and near them, have been pushed to the limit in most urban areas.

There was plenty for them to eat without coming into backyards, around shopping plazas and into golf communities. That is no longer the situation for them.

Please, understand that coyotes do us a service by eating mice and rats in our neighborhoods.

If you have a little dog or cat, see that it is not alone in the yard unless you have an enclosed area with a top over it.

This is not an issue for taxes. This is a matter of personal responsibility, both from an ethical view and also from a ecological view.
It is an issue of honoring and respecting the natural environment and natural ecosystem that we have chosen to reside.

We are lucky to live where wildlife still exists. Respect our environment; respect all the living creatures that inhabit this land we all
must share.

Try and enjoy all this while you still can!


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