URGENT: Ask Carson, California, to Reject Coyote Trapping Plan
According to area residents, the city of Carson, California, is reportedly considering hiring a trapper to remove coyotes from the Carson Harbor Village Home Owners Association. The coyotes were reportedly attracted to the area by pet food that was carelessly left outdoors. The city may decide on this matter as soon as Monday, January 30!
Please remind officials that removing animals from the area will backfire, as remaining pack members will breed at accelerated rates in order to replace lost family members. Also, more animals will simply move in from outlying areas! Tell officials that lethal methods are extremely cruel, tearing families apart and leaving young animals vulnerable to death by starvation or dehydration. Inform them that relocation is inhumane, too, since relocated animals often cannot find reliable sources of sustenance and die of malnutrition or in territorial maulings.
Please politely urge the below officials to leave these coyotes alone! Ask them to focus on effective, humane methods instead, including containing food sources and modifying the area to make it unattractive to coyotes. And please, forward this e-mail widely!
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The Honorable Jim Dear
Mayor of the City of Carson
Carson City Manager
General Manager, Public Services
City of Carson
Paul Randall, President
Carson Harbor Village Homeowners Association
Dear Honorable Dear, Managers Biggs and Cruz, President Randall, and City Council Members:
I have just learned that Carson, California, is reportedly considering hiring a trapper to remove coyotes from the Carson Harbor Village Home Owners Association. These coyotes were likely attracted to food carelessly left out by humans, and although this proposal is inherently cruel based on its premise alone, it is important to recognize it is based on erroneous information.
Please allow me to illustrate a few of these concerns. First, ecologically, populations will fluctuate according to conditions and naturally-occurring food sources; it is the interference of humans that causes imbalance. To blame coyotes for human carelessness regarding a food issue is both irresponsible and unjustified.
Second, removing the coyotes would artificially increase sources to the remaining animals, the consequence of which would be increased reproduction and an ensuing greater coyote population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that a continual cycle of seasonal hunting is responsible for a rebound, or larger pack populations, in subsequent years. Furthermore, relocated animals often cannot find reliable sources of sustenance and die of malnutrition or in territorial maulings.
Third, lethal methods are extremely cruel as well, tearing families apart and leaving young animals vulnerable to death by starvation or dehydration.
Please instead examine alternative, non-lethal options, including containing food sources and modifying the area to make it unattractive to coyotes, which have proven successful in curtailing populations.
I know your time is limited and I want to thank you each for your attention to this urgent matter.
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treat them the way
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let them live
let them be a part
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson