Coyote Solution: Kill Them All?

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Originally Posted: 7 February 2009

Coyote Solution: Kill Them All?

From Kinship Circle

Urge Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens to find ways to live with coyotes rather than trapping and killing them, one by one by one.

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Despite stating it knows of "no instances in which coyotes...have acted aggressively toward visitors or staff," The Huntington maintains a "coyote abatement program," paying a private trapper to snare and kill coyotes on its property... This winter a security guard was allegedly fired after attempting to free a coyote trapped in a snare. He was so disturbed by the coyote's suffering that he filmed it...
Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Director, email.


Mr. Steven Koblik, President
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
ph: 626-405-2100
email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Huntington Board of Trustees
Stewart R. Smith, Chair: [email protected]
Peter K. Barker: [email protected]
Paul G. Haaga, Jr.: [email protected]
Anne F. Rothenberg: [email protected]
Geneva H. Thornton: [email protected]

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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.

Dear Mr. Koblik,

I am dismayed to learn the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
Botanical Gardens has one solution for coyotes on its property: Kill them. I
respectfully ask you implement enduring and nonviolent means to coexist with
wildlife. Visitor education and humane deterrents would certainly enhance
your image more than neck snares and death.

Wiping out indigenous wildlife commonly triggers more problems than it
resolves. Coyotes are integral to Los Angeles basin ecosystems. Killing them
offsets natural cycles. For example, coyotes and foxes prey on rodents; when
coyote numbers drop, rodent and smaller carnivore populations rise.
Ultimately, coyotes offset the decline by reproducing more quickly and
boosting their numbers to pre-slaughter levels or higher.

Moreover, snaring is ruthless. The steel-cable loop designed to strangle an
animal within minutes usually fails. Necropsies of snared coyotes reveal
that 63% suffer hemorrhaging (evidenced by grossly swollen heads), bloodied
eyes, and broken teeth from trying to gnaw through the snare. Some animals
break their own limbs to escape the pain.

A trap-and-kill approach to coyote conflicts is never ecologically or
ethically defensible. Please stop Huntington's “coyote abatement program."

I encourage you to partner with wildlife organizations that can help devise
site-specific solutions for humane coexistence instead of extermination.

Thank you


VIDEO of neck-snared coyote (WARNING: graphic content)

Project Coyote

Animal Welfare Institute

Humane Society of the United States

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