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May 26, 2008

Don't kill the coyotes

I cannot believe that anyone would condone the killing of animals that are just trying to adapt to a changing environment (5/21, Local, "Trapping of coyotes gets Leawood OK").

When humans encroach upon the lands that animals have used for hunting for food for decades, the animals obviously have to move onto greener pastures. Small wild animals like rabbits and rodents are less available to them, so they scrounge for what is helpless and available. Cats are usually the first to go, then small dogs. These small dogs are also a threat to them as they see them as competition.

Capturing the coyotes and relocating them is better than killing them once trapped. That's just cruel. When I lived in California we had the same problem. Fortunately, most people were smart enough to keep their pets in. Too bad that not everybody is that smart.

Amy Rebel
Overland Park

I grew up in Lee's Summit in an area where coyotes are very common, and many outdoor pets in our neighborhood have been lost throughout the years. Although tragic, it is a well-known possibility and part of life if you coexist in an area with wild animals. However, you never heard us crying to the mayor to have the coyotes killed.

Coyotes are part of a natural ecosystem that was around long before our cookie-cutter subdivisions invaded every square inch of open land in this city. It is appalling that these creatures are being euthanized when we are the ones taking away all the wildlife refuges and nature.

Leawood's mayor even stated that people need to own up to the responsibility of watching their animals. You wouldn't leave your 2-year- old child outside unattended. Doesn't a family pet whom you love deserve safety precautions?

We think we can just kill animals off when they inconvenience us by coming into our yards, when we are actually taking away theirs.

Monica Jones
Lee's Summit



Your 6.8 is too supplicated for me, can't reload it.
As to pit bulls, the only definition of the breed I have ever been able to arrive at when most use the term is "A big dog I don't like".


Good afternoon engineer,

If everyone had a Pitbull America would be a better place. I agree with both you and buddy about the .223, although I prefer a 6.8mm on the same platform.

mike d,

I said I didn't want to get into the dominion over the earth thing because I am not particularly a nature lover. Doesn't bother me if you want to kill coyotes. I think it is noteworthy though that in an era of JoCo expansion we hear the calls for their extermination or regulating. (sorta like manifest destiny isn't it?)

mike d

By that thinking then Sol, its safe to say that your home is infested with mice and other rodents? No? We're not talking about white tigers or African elephants here. Coyotes are basically rodents. Its not a matter of humans infringing on their habitat. The state of Kansas (and many other states) used to pay a bounty for them, as they have no natural predators, and I guarantee any farmer even remotely involved with livestock will shoot them on sight. They are simply overpopulated. I can appreciate that people have strong feelings about humans infringing on wild animals and their habitats but this just isnt the case here.


Good afternoon, solomon
Your pit bulls are probably safe, wherever they are. In the country in my youth I always had collies or shepards, they were safe, too. Of course there was the 30-30 backup. But Rogue is right. My Mini-14 would be handier and more fire power to boot.


Good afternoon Chris40,

I think any animal outside of your yard is fair game for the coyotes. Pets inside of your fence are at your risk.


I saw a pretty large coyote in Prairie Village a few weeks ago. Pretty shocking stuff. I don't know how someone is supposed to "watch" their pets when the pets go outside. That is an unreasonable request, IMO.

When a small child finally gets attacked or killed by a coyote, then the coyotes had better get together and high tail it out of town.


mike d,

Don't want to get into the whole "dominion over the earth thing" but to say coyotes are over populated while we expand our cities is arrogant.

Bottom line is that man exterminates everything, including other men, that conflict with the dominant interests. This is not an American thing, but a theme throughout mans history.

mike d

When humans encroach upon the lands that animals have used for hunting for food for decades, the animals obviously have to move onto greener pastures - Amy

I never realized there were 40 & 50 year old coyotes out there.

Once again we are presented with a couple of "we have our homes, so lets ban home building" letters.
These "infringements" are not because of us humans invading coyotes habitats. They are simply overpopulated. Their only predator is man, they breed like rabbits, and it is necessary to control their numbers, as man has done for "decades"


Good morning dewey,

As your community has spread by leaps and bounds along the major highways and east west roads expansion you seem to neglect the fact that animals don't read signage. when a developer plans a commercial/residential project "outside of town" the displaced animals don't go where you want to think they should.


Amy and Monica are a waste of breathable air. What a pair of HSUS dipsticks.

A few well placed rounds of .223 will solve the "problem". Monica you and Amy want to give up your homesteads to your prcecious little animals be my guest. Just stay the hell out of my yard.


In my opinion (IMO), most of us don't understand how the food chain works. "You can't fool Mother Nature". Killing or relocating the coyotes will not solve the problem. Keep your dogs, cats, & kids in a safe place. Care for your kids just as you would with sexual predators in the neieghborhood.

RE: Food Chain. Stop diverting our corn supply to ethanol fuel, regardless of what Al Gore advises you to do.



In California in the last month or so, there have been 3 incidences of coyotes attacking toddlers. As I recall, one woman had been taking photos of her 2-year old and went in the house for a second to put down her camera. She came back outside to see a coyotoe dragging the kid off with it's head in the animals jaws.

There's merit in what you say, people shouldn't whine about critters when you've just moved into their habitat. But animals also move back into areas that have long been populated. My house in OP is 47 years old, yet deer are moving back in our neighborhood.

The coyotes are following the food, and they won't differentiate between a dog, a cat, or a little kid.

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