April 5, 2007, - 3:51 pm

Coyotes vs. Animal Rightists

By Debbie Schlussel
Last year, I wrote about a six-year Ohio State study documenting that coyotes have double the chance of living another year in an urban environment–developed and inhabited by us evil humans–versus a rural one.
It put the lie to claims by animal rights activists in PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans), environmental activists, and “conservative” Laura Ingraham–all of whom claimed that our development hurts animals (and, according to Ingraham, we therefore deserve all the attacks by sharks, bears, and other animals upon humans).
Now, a story in the Chicago Sun-Times bears out the study. The Ohio State study was based on coyotes in Chicago. On Tuesday, a coyote walked into a downtown Chicago Quiznos sub shop and sat down in an open cooler. The coyote did quite well with us scary humans in pants.

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5 Responses

The coyote, unlike Laura Ingraham, needs no help. Coyotes adapt and thrive. They also know their job and are not sheep in wolves’ clothing. Laura, is a cool aid drinker in Conservative’s clothing. Her credibility is zippo with me. In fact she is very much a Carville talk alike, just for the other party. On the other hand, a coyote’s howl is genuine. Go coyotes.

Happiness Pursuer on April 5, 2007 at 5:34 pm

I asked a local Fish and Game official (animal supremacist) why coyotes had more of a right to exist in our 60-year-old CA neighborhood than our cats and dogs, who are being attacked and eaten by the coyotes, and she had no answer.

PJ on April 5, 2007 at 11:16 pm

at first I mistakenly thought this was about two-legged coyotes- they definitely are thriving in the civilized urban areas of San Diego… LOL

Mistress_Dee on April 24, 2007 at 8:36 am

Our forefathers of recent historical past were perfectly able to recognize a threat and a varmint. Are we so urbanized that we have lost our ability to reason when confronted with a wild creature? I love animals, but willingly kill and eat them. I also have sense enough to value myself, my family, other humans, and those animals in my care above them. It’s a no-brainer! As the most intelligent life form on this planet, we must be able to effectively reason this out. Why can’t we? Coyotes in an urban setting? Bad news. It’s OK to protect you and yours!

Ezra on October 9, 2009 at 11:41 pm

My family has lived in San Diego County for over 60 years. When I was a child, my father taught me how to keep our pets and myself safe from coyotes and mountain lions and other predators who lived in the hills and valleys around our home. We didn’t need a gun–just common sense. We carried rifles for protection but used them only to scare off a predator if it became a threat. We never lost any pets or livestock to any wild predators–at least the four-legged kind. Coyotes kept down the rabbits, gophers, mice and rats that often destroyed our grove. Now that they have been eradicated from our area, we spend a lot of money and time trying to gopher-proof, rabbit-proof–on traps, bait, and endless discussions with Vector Control about what to do. Anyone who thinks killing coyotes is a good idea simply is ignorant.

Sandra on May 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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