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Coyotes a menace and must be dealt with

Forrest Chambers

White River Township

To the editor:

In the late 1990s, I worked at the Greenwood Municipal Airport, and coyotes were a concern because they roamed the grounds and could wreck an airplane if they ran in front of it when the plane was landing or taking off.

Apparently, the problem is worse today as they multiply and are getting in people’s yards and killing pets.

The vast open spaces at the airport and the grown-up areas around the airport are ideal for the coyotes to hide and breed.

Things that could be done are:

Have law enforcement officials, probably conservation officers or other authorized persons, sweep the area to seek out and kill as many coyotes as they can.

Probably several sweeps at different times would be necessary. I know the departments are busy, but this is important. Local people could be deputized to participate under the department’s supervision and this should be legal.

Amend the city ordinances and homeowners associations covenants to allow shooting them with the available high-power pellet guns, which can kill coyotes, but use only when the coyotes are on their property.

These guns are accurate but have much less range than firearms. Of course much discretion and safety would have to be used and stiff fines if they injure a human in the process.

They also would have to be responsible for damage to other property if the pellet left their property.

Trapping and poisoning could hurt unsuspecting children and should not be used. Scaring them away only makes it someone else’s problem. They are here to stay if nothing is done.

Must we wait until the coyotes injure or kill a child or wreck a vehicle or airplane causing injury or death, or possibly even attack an adult before something is done to stop this menace?

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