California town plans coyote cull after dozens of pet deaths

Ruth Doherty
California town plans coyote cull after pet deaths
California town plans coyote cull after pet deaths




A California town has given the go-ahead to trap and euthanise coyotes - after they killed dozens of pets.

City council members in Seal Beach approved the plan after a candlelight vigil was held outside the City Hall in memory of the lost pets.

One resident Vicki Young was putting out her rubbish when, she said, a coyote followed her back inside and snatched her small dog.

She told the LA Times: "When I turned around, the coyote had her in his mouth and he was running out the door. She died. He ate her."


City Votes To Trap, Kill Coyotes After Recent String Of Attacks On Pets
City Votes To Trap, Kill Coyotes After Recent String Of Attacks On Pets



It was also ruled that rubbish bins be covered and fines of up to $100 be issued for residents who directly or indirectly feed the animals.

However, not all locals support the cull. Tim Revell, a Mount San Antonio College professor, argued during a meeting last Friday that trapping the coyotes was a shortsighted, misguided response.

He added that weaker coyotes that pose less of a problem are more likely to be caught in the traps, leaving larger packs of more aggressive coyotes to deal with.

Meanwhile, a surfer this week caught an amazing picture of a heart-shaped wave while surfing at Seal Beach in California.

Seal Beach is a city in Orange County, California.

It sits on the coast as the gateway to Orange County between the cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach. With a population of 25,098, Seal Beach celebrates its 95th anniversary in October 2010.




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