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Just who is the intruder?

Posted: May 29, 2010 12:45 a.m.
Updated: May 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Just who is the intruder?
Pam Polivka's letter "Get rid of all those coyotes" (May 21), urges the city and county to reduce the population of these dangerous animals in order for families to feel safe in their homes without fear of the coyotes.

How can these intruders be allowed to roam freely into our communities? I guess because the coyote was here first (over thousands of years), we moved into its neighborhood, bulldozed its home and evicted its family.

Fortunately for the coyote, its previous hunting territory (our new neighborhood) still contains its food source of small mammals such as rabbits, opossum, squirrels, rats and yes, cats and small dogs.

Does the coyote pose a danger to you personally? No. Rather, the coyote avoids direct contact with humans and tries to stay out of our reach. Maybe it remembers that we still have the bulldozer?

So, shouldn't our pets be able to spend a little time enjoying the outdoors without worrying about becoming a meal to the coyote's family? Yes, but only under direct control and the supervision of an adult.

We have chosen to live in one of the most nature-friendly communities in Southern California, which is surrounded by a city/county sanctioned Rim of the Valley Open Space preserving animal's migratory corridors and providing recreation for hikers, bikers and nature lovers.

And did I mention it provides a permanent home for coyote families?

To learn more about coexisting with nature, visit the Placerita Canyon Nature Center some Saturday or Sunday. For information on programs, hikes and more, visit www.placerita.org.

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