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The San Jose Mercury News reported that coyotes killed two domesticated cats in West San Jose over the last two weeks.
West San Jose is not wilderness, or even rural. It's a suburban neighborhood of well-maintained homes and lots of families with children. Urban critters--raccoon, skunk, possum and squirrels--are common. However, coyotes were unheard of until these incidents.
The cat "just had fur left on its paws, and its guts were ripped out," said the cat's owner when she discovered the carnage last Saturday morning. A week earlier another neighborhood cat was ravaged by coyotes. The newspaper reported that residents have heard coyotes howling and some residents even saw coyotes in their front yards.
The family whose cat was killed contacted the local wildlife authorities. They were told thecoyotes could not be relocated from their neighborhood. The outreach and education director of the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, said that according to laws set in place by the California Department of Fish and Game, coyotes cannot legally be trapped or relocated unless they are sick, injured or orphaned.
"There are laws in CA against relocating wildlife," she said. "We don't believe trapping and relocating them is something that's available."
Newpaper reader's comments surprised me. Many, perhaps most, were unsympathetic with the cat owners. The most common comments were along these lines: 'The cat owners shouldn't let their cats out of the house'. And 'the coyotes were here first'.
I agree with those sentiments, but they miss the critical issue--public safety. What happens when a pack a hungry coyotes attack and maybe kill a toddler, or an adult? Will we argue about who was here first?
Being a Realtor, I had to comment that coyotes in a residential neighborhood would be a required disclosure for any homeowners who were selling their house. Coyotes in the hood is definitely a material fact.
We'll see if we've heard the last of it. I hope not. I think the coyote "non-relocating policy" in a residential neighborhood borders on lunacy, even if the coyotes were there first, and even though cat owners should keep their feline friends indoors.
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