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.
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.