Viewpoint - June 16, 2010

Letter: Devastated by loss of pet parrot to coyote

My parrot was taken off his perch by a coyote last week at 12:30 a.m. I had witnessed a coyote on my property three weeks ago at 10:30 a.m. but my dogs and I were able to chase him away.

Then last week we were awakened by the sound of death and a flock of feathers.

Coyotes are a concern in my neighborhood. Someone lost their poodle to what she believes is a coyote, and five people I know have lost their cats.

I am outraged at the animal-rights advocates who say, "Don't worry, they are of no harm." Have they ever had an animal taken from them in the night? The coyotes are getting more bold and hungry all the time. Must we really wait until a child is taken to do something about this?

They say to call if you see a starving coyote so they can revive it and release it back into the wild. Hello? We do not want them around here.

Yes, we live in the wild but what about rights for domestic animals and people? How many more animals must we lose and whose obligation is it to protect us? We can't even bring dogs on most trails these days and yet it's mountain lion territory.

I have pictures of this beautiful creature of mine that was a baby at 16 and was supposed to live until 85. He was wild and yet I couldn't release him because he would have been eaten by the wolves and it turns out he was anyway. This is a crime and I am sick with grief and we are devastated by this loss in our family.

Cindy Georgakas, La Cuesta Way, Woodside


Posted by Private, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Jun 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi Neighbor! Just had a coyote attack last night. Three approached our home. I chased two off but the third was determined to attack my yellow Lab.. The coyote was next to our deck. Luckly I was there to run and yell with my arms up at him. He slowly left. We have had, family pets, cats eaten by them. Every time the sirens from the Woodside fire Dept. go off, we hear them howling. Must be more than five of them in the pack. I'm concerned that they will attack humans like they did at Crystal Springs res.. Everyone should watch out for these Coyotes. Especially if you have small children. Remember the Dingo in Australia?

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