While it is unfortunate that coyotes in Leawood have attacked and killed several dogs in recent months, the coyotes are not to blame for the incidents. To prevent future incidents, our own behavior should be modified. Just as we lock our doors and install security systems to guard against unwanted human activity, we also should humanely protect our property against unwanted wildlife encounters.
Keeping our cats indoors and our dogs leashed will prevent them from being attacked. Securing trash containers and clearing rotting fruit and dense weeds from our property will go a long way toward keeping coyotes away from our homes.
Trapping and killing coyotes is cruel and ineffective. By taking simple measures we can ensure that coyotes will not become a safety threat. To learn how to peacefully coexist with wildlife, visit www.AbolishSportHunting.com.
President, Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting