I may be opening up a can of worms here, but it's interesting (to me at least) the differing views toward coyotes in urban Orange County vs. rural Joshua Tree. In OC, people are up in arms when a coyote is sighted. When the occasional pet is killed by a coyote, people are outraged and demand that officials take action. This is a generalization of course, but it seems to be a common reaction. I'm not sure exactly what action the city takes (catch and release? euthanize?) and I'm not sure I want to know, but there are very few coyotes around. In the rural desert area of Joshua Tree, coyotes are accepted for what they are and their place in the food chain. People are very careful in the desert with their pets, but when one is killed by a coyote, people seem to accept it as a fact of desert life and move on.
I'm of the "live and let live" opinion. Not that I wouldn't be sad if my chihuahua gets picked off by a coyote, but killing the coyote for doing what comes naturally doesn't seem like the right solution. But that's just me. I'm curious to know what you think.
By the way, I didn't notice this until after I looked at the photo on my computer screen. Can you spot the squirrel? Funny to see all those rabbits surrounding a solitary squirrel!
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