The Real Danger: Deer not Coyotes
by Mary Lynn Horton
(Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
I know it must be a frightening experience to see a Coyote for the first time, and it is true, that Coyotes will grab small dogs and cats out on their own. But, I have never, ever heard of a Coyote grabbing a small dog that is with its owner.
I have often come across Coyotes where I live (within a few feet) and they have never bothered me. They usually stay away from humans.
I am sorry that you think¨something has to be done. If this becomes the popular outcry in your area, then the sad result will be all the Coyotes in your area being trapped and then killed.
Please consider this: More people are killed every year in Canada by Deer
and Moose than by any other animals, including Bears and Cougars (who actually stalk humans) and rattlesnakes.
That is because deer run in front of cars, smash through the windshield and people die.
There is no record of coyotes killing humans. Coyotes keep the deer populations down. Wolves
and Coyotes are highly intelligent animals that usually want to stay as far away from humans as possible.
Coyotes have always lived here in Niagara on the Niagara Escarpment, but because developers have started building on and near the escarpment, people now see Coyotes and tend to react hysterically.
As a result, they trapped the Coyotes, then killed them, and now more and more people, including me and my daughter have deer running in front of our cars ($5,000 damage to our car and thank God we were not killed.)
A friend had a deer run into her SUV just the other day which flipped over and she now has head injuries.
I realize that I am pro-Coyote and you are not, but there are two sides to every story and to be quite honest, there is a compelling story that Coyotes are not the dangerous animals so many believe.
For most of the year Coyotes live on mice, rabbits and other rodents.
I do not expect you to like Coyotes. Centuries of horror stories and fables about Wolves and Coyotes have demonized them unfairly, to no end.
When I walk in Conservation parks or other deserted areas, I am far more afraid of the two-legged predators than any other animal.
Mary LynnThank you, Mary Lynn, for your well written and insightful article. I moved it from our "Comments" section, to here so that more people will see it