SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

May 5, 2014

Letter: Living with coyotes

To the editor:

Although Sharon Shea of Salem feels that coyotes are a threat to her and her small dogs (”Coyote attacks dog walking with owner,” April 30), humans with dogs are a threat to the coyote in the territory where dens and pups are this time of year. The male coyote leaves the den, mother and pups to find food for his family. He, naturally, will be protective. Sharon and her dogs must have been close to the den. I saw a program about coyotes a while ago, and on it, they told a story about a policeman who got too close to a den. He shot the male, not knowing that he was out hunting for food; thus, this coyote’s family probably starved. Common denning areas are power lines, old railroad beds, and the peripheries of cemeteries and parks. A very sensible coexistence strategy is to leash dogs. This prevents dogs from going after coyotes and their young and also prevents male coyotes from responding and attacking back.

If the public keep these simple facts in mind, we can live safely with the wildlife in our midst.

Barbara Mailey

South Hamilton

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium