Editor, The News:
Re: Coyote steals teen’s pet dog (The News, Aug. 28).
I’m very sorry for the loss of this little dog taken by a coyote. However, I feel the need to speak up for the coyote as this animal is just trying to survive and unfortunately is an opportunist, as we all would be if we were hungry.
The area where this happened is the coyotes home, as well. The coyote has a right to be there.
Hiring someone to set a trap is a horrible idea – trapping is cruel, inhumane and totally out of place in our society. It is indiscriminate and by hiring a trapper, you are endangering other wildlife and domestic pets, as well.
If you have ever witnessed an animal suffering in a trap you would think again.
Please do not take this route – we need to learn to live along side the wildlife, as painful as this may be at times.
Those with small pets in rural areas need to be vigilant and perhaps keep their pets inside, out of danger.