|Coyotes have been a growing problem for parts of Orange|
County, but a humane solution has yet to be found.
(Location of image unknown, via Surf City Voice)
"That's very concerning to us that the coyotes are as bold as they are, not showing fear of humans, that they're coming so closely in very urban areas and attacking the dogs right outside of some folks' homes," said Jim Beres, a Laguna Woods Animal Services supervisor.
The problem also exists in Anaheim, where residents who were frustrated by the inaction of the city despite the many complaints about coyotes, decided to pool their money together to hire a private trapper. Southern California Edison, which owns several miles of nursery land that runs beneath the power lines in the area, gave permission to have the traps set up on their property.
When a few weeks ago Animal Control had to euthanize a coyote that had been trapped and was in distress, the reaction was mixed. While residents agree that the result would not be enough to fully alleviate the problem, the biggest protest came from a group of Native Americans, who visited a City Council meeting on Tuesday to address their concerns.
|Apache Daklugie Running-Hawk and Carlos White Eagle|
came to an Anaheim City Council meeting to ask that
coyotes not be trapped and euthanized
(image via OC Register)
Apache Daklugie Running-Hawk, who said he is a spiritual leader for the Tarasco Nation band of Indians (based in Lucerne Valley), also spoke to the Council, saying, "These are our four-legged friends, and this is their land. Now they are trying to drive them out, like they drove us (Native Americans) out generations ago. We need to live among them and learn from them."
While the City took no action, Edison has since asked the traps to be removed.