Posted by: kinshipcircle | February 7, 2009

Coyote Solution: Kill Them All?

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2/6/09: Coyote Solution: Kill Them All?
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Project Coyote

“Despite stating it knows of “no instances in which coyotes…have acted
aggressively toward visitors or staff,” The Huntington maintains a “coyote
abatement program,” paying a private trapper to snare and kill coyotes on
its property… This winter a security guard was allegedly fired after
attempting to free a coyote trapped in a snare. He was so disturbed by the
coyote’s suffering that he filmed it…”
— Camilla Fox, Project Coyote
Director, cfox@projectcoyote.org * http://www.projectcoyote.org/

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Mr. Steven Koblik, President
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
ph: 626-405-2100
email: skoblik@huntington.org, publicinformation@huntington.org

COPY LETTER TO:
The Huntington Board of Trustees
Stewart R. Smith, Chair:  ssmith@kinsmith.com
Peter K. Barker:  peter.barker@gs.com
Paul G. Haaga, Jr.:  pgh@capgroup.com
Anne F. Rothenberg:  rothenberg.anne@gmail.com
Geneva H. Thornton:  genevathornton@earthlink.net

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This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
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Dear Mr. Koblik,

I am dismayed to learn the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
Botanical Gardens has one solution for coyotes on its property: Kill them. I
respectfully ask you implement enduring and nonviolent means to coexist with
wildlife. Visitor education and humane deterrents would certainly enhance
your image more than neck snares and death.

Wiping out indigenous wildlife commonly triggers more problems than it
resolves. Coyotes are integral to Los Angeles basin ecosystems. Killing them
offsets natural cycles. For example, coyotes and foxes prey on rodents; when
coyote numbers drop, rodent and smaller carnivore populations rise.
Ultimately, coyotes offset the decline by reproducing more quickly and
boosting their numbers to pre-slaughter levels or higher.

Moreover, snaring is ruthless. The steel-cable loop designed to strangle an
animal within minutes usually fails. Necropsies of snared coyotes reveal
that 63% suffer hemorrhaging (evidenced by grossly swollen heads), bloodied
eyes, and broken teeth from trying to gnaw through the snare. Some animals
break their own limbs to escape the pain.

A trap-and-kill approach to coyote conflicts is never ecologically or
ethically defensible. Please stop Huntington’s “coyote abatement program.”

I encourage you to partner with wildlife organizations that can help devise
site-specific solutions for humane coexistence instead of extermination.

Thank you,

cc: Stewart R. Smith, Chair
Peter K. Barker
Paul G. Haaga, Jr.
Anne F. Rothenberg
Geneva H. Thornton

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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VIDEO of neck-snared coyote (WARNING: graphic content)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4488070257573285313
Project Coyote
http://www.projectcoyote.org/
Animal Welfare Institute
http://www.awionline.org/joinus
Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org/

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  1. […] Kinship Circle: 2/6/09: Coyote Solution: Kill Them All? “Despite stating it knows of “no instances in which coyotes…have acted aggressively toward visitors or staff,” The Huntington maintains a “coyote abatement program,” paying a private trapper to snare and kill coyotes on its property… This winter a security guard was allegedly fired after attempting to free a coyote trapped in a snare. He was so disturbed by the coyote’s suffering that he filmed it…” – Camilla Fox, Project Coyote Director […]


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