A letter writer expressed concern about wildlife endangering our children. Maybe she hasn’t read the study in the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine (March 2018).
Most U.S. residents killed by animals are killed by dogs, insects and farm animals – not wildlife. Facts indicate that she should worry more about dogs than coyotes.
Wildlife biologists have said “It’s not a bear problem, it’s a people problem!” This can apply to other species of wildlife, too. Wildlife is too often unwittingly or even purposely drawn by people to neighborhoods. The writer seems to think lethal methods need to be used for wildlife situations when in reality non-lethal methods are more effective.
Food, water and habitat are magnets for wildlife. So many areas are being overtaken by developers that wildlife is on the move. If neighbors would keep garbage, bird and pet food unavailable in their yards it would go a long way to keeping wildlife away.
The writer suggests “thinning” wildlife populations. I guess hunters being able to kill as many coyotes as they want for six months, day and night, by bows and arrows and firearms and with the aid of dogs, spotlights and electronic calls isn’t enough? Don’t forget coyote deaths by trappers. Research reveals that killing programs can actually cause an increase in populations. As for deer, there are several hunting seasons, bait-and-shoots, and deer management permits already.
Said writer also mentions favoring viewing wildlife in a zoo. That, plus her “thinning” suggestions, seems odd coming from a self-proclaimed animal rights supporter!
Wildlife experts have asked people to become “wildlife smart” so they can coexist peacefully with wildlife. That benefits both people and wildlife. Sometimes I think that people who blame wildlife for causing problems should take a look in the mirror instead.