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Victory! Coyotes Win Reprieve

Written by PETA | January 19, 2011

This week, the City Council in Arcadia, California, voted to suspend its cruel coyote trapping program. The victory for animals comes after supporters of humane coyote control, including San Gabriel Valley Friends of Wildlife, worked tirelessly for months e-mailing council members, packing City Council meetings, organizing an education session about living with coyotes, and collecting petition signatures.


Snares cause prolonged, painful deaths. Animals caught by the neck slowly suffocate, and those caught by the leg endure painful injuries until the trapper returns (not always within the 24-hour required time limit) to the snare. When nursing mothers are caught, their babies often starve to death.

Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of compassionate people, the Arcadia City Council has already started promoting a community education program about proven, humane methods of coyote control that have been endorsed by wildlife experts.

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  • ocean17 says:

    this is excellent news. there is no reason whatsoever that an animal as intelligent and resourceful as a coyote should die a painful and prolonged death in an animal trap for imaginary notions such as wildlife control and the protection of livestock. sure the coyote has a bad reputation for plundering of livestock, but studies have shown that livestock account for only 14% of their diet. translation : that’s not all they do. they also eat vegetables, fruits and grasses. as someone else has stated here, hunting is not the solution.

  • Canadian girl says:

    Apparently whoever thinks it’s better just to leave coyotes alone has never lost a pet to one or seen what they can do to a newborn calf or lamb. Where I live a coyote would not even hesitate about running into your yard in the middle of the day to grab a cat, when you’re standing right there. I do not support trapping because it can harm and kill “non-target” animals, but proper population control(with guns) is alright. Heck, most coyotes around here are so sickly and mangy you’re doing them a favor by shooting them.

  • Lee Anne says:

    Tony, I appreciate the fact that if you are hunting the coyotes, you are humane enough to do the deed quickly and efficiently. But hunting is not necessarily the solution here. One of the biggest reasons hunting does not effectively manage coyote populations is because coyotes have the ability to selectively reproduce depending on the amount of food and/or the size of the pack. A female coyote can give birth to 2-22 pups, depending on the circumstances. Out here in the Mojave Desert (Ridgecrest), the Bureau of Land Management put a bounty out on the heads of coyotes about five years ago. That year, I could count 30 dead rabbits per day on the 2 mile road stretch of road from my house to the local grocery store, hit by cars because the natural predators had been eliminated by the BLM-sanctioned hunting. Even more so, the rat and mouse population surged and they infested many of our houses. Talk about nuisances! One mother rat cost my aunt over $1000 after it came to live in the wall of her house. It ate through her telephone trunk line and then started in on the insulation in the house. And that’s just one example of what I mean by “nuisance”. Beginning in the next year, the coyotes numbers had already recuperated and now there are even more coyotes than there were five years ago.

  • PETA says:

    Re: Tony. Hunting does not effectively “manage wildlife” in the long run. Hunting creates conditions that favor accelerated reproduction: The abrupt population decline that it causes leads to less competition for food among survivors, and ultimately, a higher birth rate, thus leading once more to the very problems that hunters claim to solve. The best way to avoid conflicts with coyotes is to eliminate the source of their attraction to areas of concern, such as easily accessible food, water, or shelter. We recommend only putting garbage outside on the day that it will be picked up, storing garbage in tightly sealed containers, cleaning up left-over food after feeding companion animals outdoors, refraining from feeding wildlife, and keeping dogs and cats indoors. For more tips on how to humanely discourage animals from visiting your property, please visit:

  • Vanessa says:

    SO EFFIN HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mouselover says:

    This is great!!!!!!think of all those poor coyotes that no longer have to suffer of worry about their pups starving to death!!!!!!!!

  • Tony says:

    now i am all up for being against trapping. i think that it is a cruel thing to do to the animal since it is alive and panicked at the time it is captured. but coyotes are really just pests. they kill and feed on livestock, destroy crop land, and many have been known to kill and eat cats and dogs. i dont trap coyotes i hunt them. i kill them with a gun which is a humane and painless way for the coyote to die. i have never had a coyote that i shot that made it more than two steps after i shot it to die. i think thats the only real solution to stop there populating growth since there numbers are multiplying rapidly. all other non lethal ways dont get rid of them they just come back, trust me i know from experience. i dont like trapping at all but i think that shooting them is the most safest and humane way to control there population.