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October 28, 2016

A modest proposal about coyotes

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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:00 am

In Galveston, police said coyotes were responsible for the death of a small dog, the third pet reported killed in the last six months.

I am a little confused by the city’s response to the ongoing coyote problem on Galveston Island. I understand there may be only two animal control officers, but if the location of the coyote dens are known — why are they not systematically hunted and shot?

To the best of my knowledge, coyotes are not a protected species, but are a hazard to the public’s well being and as such, need to be eradicated.

In decades past, people used to shoot these nuisance animals themselves, but in our continuing effort to become more civilized, we have created laws that prohibit such activity, thus having to rely upon the proper authorities to solve the problem.

In reality this is not a bad thing. We do not need a bunch of yahoos shooting at these varmints, but we do need this problem solved. I hate to think it, but maybe a tourist kid needs to be eaten to have this problem properly addressed.