So after we trap and kill the coyotes, what’s next? (1/15, Local, “Revised coyote ordinance is endorsed; Overland Park proposal calls for the city to do trapping, with residents to bear some of the cost”)
Shall we shoot the raptors from the sky for snatching cats and small dogs out of our yards? They are, after all, doing the same thing the coyotes are doing: foraging for displaced food. Who displaced these creatures’ food? We did, by systematically tearing up their habitats. Do we need more houses and businesses?
Perhaps a better idea would be to acknowledge that we need to be responsible for our pets. Do everyone a favor and keep your cats inside and actually go outside with your small dogs. If you’re afraid, carry a big stick.
The coyotes will figure out there’s no food to be had and move on. Yes, I live where there is plenty of wildlife, and this is what I do. In the meantime, do trap and release.