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Old 12-27-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Concerning Lakeway killing coyotes, I have not lived there for almost 2 years, so the policy may have changed, but at the time, Lakeway had a policy of killing coyotes any time someone complained, and that included complaints of "I saw one." It is a practice that reflects a gross misunderstanding of coyote ecology, as killing the alpha dogs, who are usually the ones people will see, will cause the pack to allow lesser ranked coyotes to start reproducing, so you may actually get a population increase by killing the ones you see. And to anyone who thinks that feeding wildlife is a good thing, that is also a misguided and dangerous approach. Feeding birds and squirrels is fine, but feeding coyotes will turn them into animals who associate people with food. That is when people get hurt. The only documented cases of coyotes hurting people as been when the people were feeding them and trying to get close. Coyotes need to remain absolutely wild. Of course, we need to be careful leaving outside our cats and small dogs, as they come very close to being the size of the coyote's most frequent food, rodents. Feeding deer is also a very bad idea. They also can get dangerous and aggressive. We need to let nature take its course. Personally, I have supplied water for wildlife during an extreme drought, and far from the house. That's all. I also feed birds.
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