We were shocked and saddened to read about the plan to trap and kill coyotes in Laguna Beach in a response to the increase in family pets being killed (“Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes,” Dec. 24 edition). The most notable was the dog who was snatched up because a door was left open in the house.
Instead of eradicating animals that are a nuisance to us, the residents of Laguna Beach need to have awareness and education that this is happening. I’ve only seen a few hand made paper flyers nailed to telephone poles warning people about the coyotes. Whatever the budget is for trapping, killing and disposing of the coyotes, I would like to recommend that money be spent on signs placed throughout residential neighborhoods warning of the problem.
People with animals are responsible for keeping them in at night and watching them while they are outside. Letting them loose in a fenced yard isn’t protective enough for them at this time. And putting food and water outside their homes is an invitation for them to visit.
Coyotes have been here longer than us folks and we pretty much built up their natural habitat. They are coming out of the hills in search of food and water; they have been as impacted by the drought as we all have been. Please rethink this idea and consider educating the residents about being responsible for their pets.
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