Don’t Blame The Victim Of A Coyote Attack
March 5, 2008
I saw a coyote in my yard recently. He was huge — and when we tried to scare him away by yelling at him, he just stood there. It’s getting scary and I have a strong opinion. Here we go again, blaming the victims of coyote attacks.
When will the Department of Environmental Protection wake up and realize this is a serious problem in Connecticut? Does a small child have to be attacked before anything is done? Are pets just prey for uncontrolled wildlife now? If it were a human or dog wandering around neighborhoods, killing small dogs and cats in their yards, there would be an outrage. But because it’s “wildlife” and it’s “just nature,” nothing is done.
Don’t bother calling the DEP. Representatives will say, “Keep your pets indoors.” Something as innocent as letting your dog out in your fenced yard could prove fatal to the poor thing. Not only will you lose your beloved pet, but friends and neighbors will blame you for it.
The coyote population in Connecticut has exploded. They are no longer fearful of humans either. They have nothing to fear. They are at the top of the food chain now. You see “lost pet” posters going up everywhere. Sadly, they are not lost. Pets do not run away from loving homes.
There is talk about limiting the pigeon and deer population with birth-control granules. Bears get relocated when found in neighborhoods. Perhaps one of these methods can be used on the coyote population.
I don’t want to see any creature killed, not even a coyote, but something must be done. In the meantime, lock cats, dogs and small children in the house and don’t let them out of your sight. The world outside your door has become lethal.
theday.com – Connecticut