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Leave the wildlife alone

Posted: August 3, 2009 9:36 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I read the recent article "Coyotes in the 'hood,'" by Jim Walker (Home, July 4). The article must have been written with a "tongue-in-cheek" attitude as I don't think anyone really wants to "use a grenade" on serenading coyotes, as Walker suggested.

I do empathize with anyone who has had a pet killed by a hungry coyote, which does happen from time to time in our rural area.

This is why I keep my dogs in at night.

It always amazes me that people move out into the hills of our little valley to get away from everything that the big city had that they wanted to get away from, and then want to have the wild life that is here killed off.

I understand that two homeowners associations in Valencia recently hired someone to trap and kill the coyotes that have different trails they travel through the Santa Clarita Valley which take them eventually to all the different canyons and hills around us.

These 20 or so coyotes killed were probably the same ones that traverse our area in Wildwood Canyon as we have not heard a single coyote since this mass killing took place. And we are now deluged with literally hundreds of ground squirrels. This has not happened before in the 30 years that I have lived in this canyon.

The article did have a brighter side to it by mentioning that a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner named Sherlan Neblett, who handles coyote issues, had a more realistic attitude about the coyotes and how best to exist in this rural community with the coyotes.

It was refreshing to read her attitude on how to deal with the wildlife when moving into an area that they have occupied for thousands of years.

You don't move to Florida and kill all the alligators and you don't move to the High Sierra and kill all the bears.

Enjoy the semi-wilderness area you have moved to along with the communication that sometimes takes place between the coyotes, in the hills and canyons of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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