Justice For Sloan: Protect Our Dear Pets From Wild Coyotes.
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Coyotes are wild animals and as such, should belong in the wild. For them to wander our suburban streets and consistently kill our pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) is just not right. Attacks in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding area have been happening for years: http://www.topix.com/forum/city/san-dimas-ca/TJL3UM6L9L05CC04N, and much before this time throughout southern California: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8t72j0ts
Last year, neighboring city, Arcadia, rescinded a decision to trap and euthanize coyotes due to litigation pressure. This means, it's a rampant problem and it's been shutdown before by animal rights' group, PETA: https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2017/04/07/arcadia-rescinds-decision-to-trap-kill-coyotes/
Coyotes should have the right to be safe and free from human danger in their natural habitat - the wild. But there needs to be a line drawn, that line is where humans live, eat, and have pets. Once they wander into human territory, we should have the right to protect ourselves and our pets. At the very least, the state should make it legal to relocate coyotes back to the wild. At the moment, it is illegal to do so. See: §465.5 (g)(1). Immediate Dispatch or Release http://humanecontrol.com/laws-and-regulations/
There is precedent, as other nearby cities have been successful in carrying out their plan: Glendora: https://www.sgvtribune.com/2017/01/25/trio-of-coyotes-attack-dog-in-glendora-city-hires-trapping-company/ Seal Beach: http://www.latimes.com/tn-dpt-me-0925-seal-beach-coyote-20140923-story.html Torrance: https://www.dailybreeze.com/2016/05/25/torrance-moves-toward-coyote-trapping-after-spike-in-pet-deaths-sightings/ Huntington Beach: https://www.ocregister.com/2016/06/21/huntington-beach-weve-caught-euthanized-nine-coyotes-in-three-months/
Multiple sources state that the dangerous hours are from dusk to dawn. Sloan was attacked and killed in our own yard in Temple City, at approximately 12pm, January 29th. We always kept her indoors from dusk to dawn, and we never put any food or water bowls outside. For it to happen at a time not deemed "dangerous", and after all the safety precautions were taken, is what is most devastating. The coyotes are getting more desperate and are active even in the middle of the day. Who knows if it will get to a point that they get desperate enough to attack a child playing outside. Should we take this risk?
Let's get justice for Sloan and all the hundreds of other pets that have been victims of coyote attacks. Let's protect ourselves from a wild animal that should belong in the wild.
1. Rid our neighborhood, specifically Temple City, of wild coyotes.
2. Spread more awareness of the coyote problem.
3. Legalize the relocating of wild coyotes.
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