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Trapping and killing of coyotes under fire in Carson

July 25, 2012 | 11:19 am

Coyotes killed in Carson

Animal rights activists plan to submit a 10,000-signature petition to the Carson City Council in a special meeting Wednesday to demand the city stop the trapping and killing of coyotes in various parts of the city, particularly a mobile home park.

Carson Harbor Village is a 50-acre mobile home park with about 2,700 residents, nearly half children, the activists said.

"The last thing we want is for the city to do trapping and cause injury, especially to a child," said Richard Close, attorney for Carson Harbor Village.

The signatures were gathered through a worldwide online petition, as well as door-to-door canvassing. About 54 signatures were taken from mobile home park residents, said Randi Feilich, representative from Project Coyote.

Feilich, of Calabasas, got involved with Project Coyote when she saw her own city trap and kill coyotes. She attended a Calabasas City Council meeting to speak out against the practice.

Calabasas is one of three areas, including San Francisco, Arcadia and Marin County, that Project Coyote has worked with to adopt nonlethal programs focused on educating the public on keeping small pets and food out of reach of coyotes, Feilich said.

"Coyote trapping is ineffective and does not work. You kill one, and another will take its place within weeks," Feilich said.

Feilich attended previous Carson City Council meetings in February and December to advocate similar strategies.

"Despite our pleas for them to not trap, they went ahead and spent 10,000 taxpayer dollars to trap and inhumanely kill coyotes," Feilich said.

Calls to city officials were not immediately returned.

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-- Melissa Leu

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Photo: A coyote on the prowl in Yosemite. Credit:  Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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