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Old 05-25-2012, 07:44 AM
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Coyotes are not the same as wolves and lions. Not all animals suffer with humans, coyotes (and skunks, raccoons, squirrels, etc) adapt well and often thrive with development because their main competition (wolves for coyotes) or predator do not adapt to development. Before there was a 'Denver' there were coyotes and it's likely there were relatively fewer of them in that ecosystem. For the problems with children and pets they also keep down rodent populations, so there's no reason to exterminate them out of hand. OTOH, they're not endangered and killing one that is aggressive to humans or eating pets isn't something to lament. Just be legal and humane.
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An interesting thing happened today right along these lines. A group of high schoolers decided it'd be good fun to shoot an air rifle at rabbits on the property of the apartments I supervise. They killed two and severely wounded two more. The kids were LAUGHING. It about made me sick. But regardless they may be facing charges of discharging a firearm in public (might have been the cop just scaring them, is that a feasible charge?) and other possible charges.
There is a high correlation between animal cruelty from teens and later more disturbing sociopathic behavior.

It amounts to a diminished capacity for empathy. Yeah that is a professionally trained appraisal, not mere opinion.

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The more studies are done, the more we realize animals have as full a range of emotions as humans do, just not the capacity to verbalize them with nuance. Pain and terror and anguish are among them. This is far from political correctness.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:50 PM
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Alright, seriously.... do the "right thing" and call the DOW and tell 'em about it. In the mean time if it looks like it's gonna hurt something tag it's ass with a pellet, sling shot, rock, hell anything.

You aren't gonna kill it. We used to chase dogs off our property like that all the time. It kinda works. Pain is a good deterrent.

If it keeps coming back get creative.

Going around and shooting things for no reason is dumb. Don't do that. If you want to kill something to eat it, read up on what's legal and get a small game license.
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An interesting thing happened today right along these lines. A group of high schoolers decided it'd be good fun to shoot an air rifle at rabbits on the property of the apartments I supervise. They killed two and severely wounded two more. The kids were LAUGHING. It about made me sick. But regardless they may be facing charges of discharging a firearm in public (might have been the cop just scaring them, is that a feasible charge?) and other possible charges.
Like the dumb %hits up north that chased the geese into the road so their buddies could run them down with their car - Last I heard they were facing some serious animal cruelty charges.

Big difference between harassing or killing an animal for "fun" and doing the same for real fear of an attack on a child or pet.

That said, if it were me Matt I'd be making some calls before I did anything because I imagine what consitutes animal cruelty can be vague at best.


Funny/interesting story...I was leaving work yesterday. For some reason we've had a couple geese hanging around the building. At first it was just one, now it is two. Anyway, the building's glass front doors have a smoke mirrored finish on them. The geese were at the front doors "challenging" themselves - Pretty cool to be able to stand on the other side of the door and watch it all for a few minutes.
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