Letter: It's Up to Humans to Solve Coyote Problem

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Dear Charlotte,
I am in total agreement with every point made in Kathy O'Brien's letter.
Our home backs up to  a retention area, and behind that is the Arboraetum.
We fully understand that in a location such as this we can expect to experience
a little more wildlife than in your typical Wheaton neighborhood. We are used to the raccoons, skunks, squirrels, we look forward to seeing deer in the Winter, and we have for years heard the far away howls of coyotes late in the evening.
However, the situation has gone from marvelling at the sounds of them in their
natural habitat, to being afraid to let the dog out in the yard, and never having the freedom to enjoy walking him any time after dark.  It is not unusual now to see a coyote strolling fearlessly and casually between the houses in our neighborhood, even in the early evening.
While we understand that it is we humans that have created this situation and that they are looking for food because we have pushed them out of their natural areas, it is up to us humans to find a solution to this problem (warning residents effectively in the meantime), before any more of us lose beloved pets or something even worse happens. Perhaps it's time to bring in some outside help and expertise.
Barb Keltner


Christopher October 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/against_killing_coyotes.html This is an article written by the humane society which has actually done research on this topic. The City of Wheaton is not obligated to take action against the coyote population and really shouldn't need to. People get all worked up this time of year when coyote attacks spike. It happens every year in the fall and in the spring and people need to be aware of this. Most of the attacks occur near forest preserves or golf courses so if you live near one, dont take your dogs on a long walk at night or in the early morning when they are around. It's about time people start doing some research and stopping blaming the City for not taking action. Obviously trying to kill off part of the population won't work, so people need to start finding some alternative solutions! My goodness am I tired of hearing about this topic.
SherryMally October 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Christopher is absolutely correct. An excellent article was presented by Anne Lannon, DVM, in the Glen Ellyn Patch. After living in Colorado and Arizona for a good part of my life, I find this absurd. Coyotes are far less likely to confront a person walking their dog at night than another dog, rabid animal or human. Mass hysteria is unwarranted. Blaming the police and the city is a little dramatic.
Charlotte Eriksen October 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Thanks, Christopher. It would be nice to have a letter to the editor from someone with the other point of view. (this is to everyone, not just Christopher) I also am not sure Barb thinks we need to be killing the animals off, but just doing the right thing to keep them away—which, according to what we've learned, is scaring the pants off these little monsters until they are too scared to come around our (and our pets') turf.
unheard October 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thank you Christopher and SherryMally, I couldn't agree more. It is so nice to see posts like this! It is so disturbing to see that many people actually want to see coyotes killed instead of using a common sense approach.
unheard November 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have to be blunt Charolette. I know a lot more parent's who are teaching their children to be "little monsters" than coyotes that should be defined as such. A very, very few coyotes can be defined as a problem or agressive but the vast majority are actually docile. I, for one worry a lot more about some parents! What do you think?


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