We're engaged in a not-entirely-friendly debate with some neighbors about coyote killing. They're out to shoot the critters. We want to live with them.
The facts are on our side, because killing coyotes generally results in more of them, not less.
Over six years ago our neighborhood association was debating this same issue. The facts haven't changed. Coyotes aren't a big problem out here.
Or even a small problem, with rare exceptions, except when people attract them onto their property by feeding animals outside, not properly closing garbage cans, and other actions that put out a "Welcome" sign to coyotes.
As the Arizona Game and Fish Department points out:
It's strange that our neighbors moved to their five acres, just as we did, to be closer to nature than is possible in the city. Yet they want to kill animals that fill an important role in our local natural ecosystem (coyotes are great at controlling rodent populations).
It bothers us when people shoot guns in a populated area when it isn't necessary. Especially since we have a coyote-colored dog who goes with us on walks along a community trail that extends through the neighbor's property.
Hunting is a lot more dangerous to humans than coyotes are. Or, cougars. Or, wolves.
But at least our neighbors haven't taken seriously the tongue-in-cheek land mine suggestion another humorously-minded resident came up with. Guess we should be thankful for that.