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Stop trapping, killing coyotes in Carson, wildlife group demands

February 7, 2012 |  6:40 pm

Carson City Council members are set to hear from wildlife advocates Tuesday night who want to put a stop to the city's policy of trapping and killing coyotes.

Randi Feilich of Project Coyote will ask the city to consider switching to a non-lethal approach that focuses on keeping small dogs, cats, pets, food, fallen fruit, fresh water and other things that attract coyotes out of reach of the predators.

The city of Calabasas recently adopted this strategy, which includes public education programs.

City leaders agreed to hire a trapping service after reported complaints within the Carson Harbor Village mobile home park.

Feilich said that Project Coyote volunteers recently canvassed the area and found that residents would accept a more humane way of controlling the coyote population.

The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Carson City Hall, 701 E. Carson Blvd.

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