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PUYALLUP: Covert coyote culling

Letter by A. David Churchman, Puyallup on Dec. 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm | 10 Comments »
December 19, 2011 1:00 pm

Congrats to the government sharpshooter who destroyed one of Puyallup’s problematic coyotes this past week. A post mortem on the coyote revealed an advanced case of mange on the animal. This explains its 24/7 hunting activity, as well as its aggressive attacks on neighborhood pets. Experts also suspect that the deceased coyote may have infected others in its den. The expense of the federal agent and associated pet veterinary bills have been burdened upon the Puyallup area homeowner.

Equally concerning has been the city’s proactive strategy to keep this shooting away from the press. Supposedly, it is on the grounds of not offending animal rights activists. However, others suspect that the “muzzling” of the media may be due to the coyote dens most likely being located on city-owned properties that are adjacent to three local schools (Shaw Road Elementary, Northwest Christian and Cascade Christian). The city may desire to minimize any potential litigation from families of any school children that may get harmed by the over-aggressive coyotes while hunting for food.

After all, it’s not like this City Administration and its council has not misled the public before, even when it comes to public safety. Toxic dump anyone?

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