Don't Kill Urban Coyotes, Enact Stronger Urban Planning Instead
- By: Care2
- Target: Your state's governor
You've seen the headlines: Coyotes are attacking humans with more and more frequency. One wandered into a Chicago sandwich shop. Another lives in Central Park in New York. Five people have reported coyote attacks in the Denver area. Five coyotes have been killed in Austin so far this year. Our government spends millions of dollars to trap, shoot and poison more than 90,000 "urban coyotes" every year.
But the real problem isn't coyotes attacking humans, it's human suburban sprawl that increasingly takes over the habitat of wild animals like coyotes. Rather than hunting down and killing animals whose habitat has been destroyed by human subdivisions, we should enact stronger urban planning laws that protect the habitat of our nation's wildlife.
Urge your governor to work with your state's legislature and local county commissioners to ensure that humans don't further encroach on wild lands! Only then will we see a decline in the amount of these "urban coyote attacks."
Sensationalist news reports across the country have been documenting a rise in coyote attacks on humans in urban areas. State wildlife divisions have been responding by attempting to eliminate these so-called "urban coyotes" from the population. But I feel we should instead be directing our resources to the heart of the problem: urban sprawl.
As our cities get larger, they are increasingly taking over the habitat of wild animals like coyotes. Rather than hunting down and killing animals whose habitat has been destroyed by human subdivisions, we should enact stronger urban planning laws that protect the habitat of our nation's wildlife.
I urge you to work with the [State] legislature and county commissions to ensure that we humans do not further encroach on wild lands. Strong urban planning laws are needed to prevent the situations where animals like coyotes are forced to live in urban environments when humans move in.
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Thank you for your help in protecting [State]'s remaining wild lands and animals.