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Coyotes — two leashes and one dog — Please don’t feed the wildlife

By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 6:25 am in Coyote attacks, coyotes, dogs.

don't feed wildlife

Dear Gary:
A lady was walking her dogs off-leash in the open space (natural habitat of coyotes and other creatures). The small dogs spotted a coyote and started chasing it.

The coyote grabbed one of the dogs and disappeared into the open space.

The lady came to the gate leaving the open space … with two leashes and one dog.

It seems like leash laws are designed to protect pets from hazards that pet owners insist on subjecting their pets to.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California

Dear Brian:
And the poor pets nearly always pay the price. It’s not fair, is it? /Gary

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3 Responses to “Coyotes — two leashes and one dog — Please don’t feed the wildlife”

  1. Nancy Schick Says:

    Gary, I too see many dogs off leash in the open space areaon the USL water shed. Many of them are little dogs and I do see coyotes in that area. The dogs also chase the horses in the near by field. I have a German Shepherd dog so am never bothered by the coyotes—they hide in the bushes when they see us but my dog is always on a leash.Sad that people insist on disobeying the leash laws.Nancy

  2. Maggie Says:

    It is also the coyotes who pay – when officials decide to shoot them for doing what comes naturally: defending their territory against off-leash domestic canines.

  3. Rick Reese Says:

    Another good reason to keep dogs on leash (besides obeying the rules and regulations) is to protect the mountain lions. The signs in the park warn against letting dogs run loose. If a mountain lion kills a loose dog, that lion is going to be hunted down and killed. That would be tragic!

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