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Forum: In defense of the coyote

Updated: July 25, 2013 6:28AM



I am tired of hearing uninformed individuals talk about the coyote problem in the suburbs. First of all, the coyotes were here before the homes were, and people should learn to adapt to them.

Coyotes take care of their young. They dig holes for habitats in woods away from homes and can often be spotted only when hunting for small game. They keep the rodent, bird and deer population under control when they are not interfered with by humans. They are beautiful creatures and strong.

When there is enough food, they are not interested in eating the pets of people such as small dogs or cats. People who leave a pet out with no supervision have only themselves to blame if their pet gets killed.

Coyotes in the suburbs are not interested in attacking, either. Some uninformed people are scared of them because they do not bother to learn about them, which would quell the fear. I hope people will come to see coyotes as a national treasure.

Marie E. Roman

Tinley Park



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