April 30, 2010
Chad Love: A Bad Week To Be A Coyote
By Chad Love
Is it just me, or is it a bad week to be a coyote? Either you're getting shot by elected officials or you're being run down by airport workers in trucks. It's enough to make a coyote say to hell with it and go find some celebrity's purse dog to snatch.
First, Texas Governor claims he shot a coyote while out jogging, with a laser-sighted .380, no less. From the story:
Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during February run in an undeveloped area near Austin. Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger pistol — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the area. When one came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever, Perry charged. "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said Tuesday.
"I'm enjoying the run when something catches my eye and it's this coyote. I know he knows I'm there. He never looks at me, he is laser-locked on that dog," Perry said. "I holler and the coyote stopped. I holler again. By this time I had taken my weapon out and charged it. It is now staring dead at me. Either me or the dog are in imminent danger. I did the appropriate thing and sent it to where coyotes go," he said. Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill. "It was not in a lot of pain," he said. "It pretty much went down at that particular juncture." Texas state law allows people to shoot coyotes if they are threatening livestock or domestic animals. The coyote never reached the dog, which was unharmed, Perry said. Perry's security detail was not required to file a report on the governor discharging a weapon, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange. "People shoot coyotes all the time, snakes all the time," Mange said. "We don't write reports." As for the coyote, Perry left it where it fell. "He became mulch," Perry said.
Sounds pretty he-man, but as it turns out Perry may have violated a few state laws...
But at least in Texas they have the decency to shoot them (lawfully or otherwise). In Dayton, authorities are investigating whether airport workers deliberately tried to run down coyotes that wandered onto the runway.
From the story:
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to investigate incidents at the Dayton International Airport in which airport employees chased coyotes with motor vehicles to keep them off airport runways. The practice is an “illegal method of killing coyotes,” a violation of Ohio law, said Officer Trent Weaver of the department’s division of wildlife on Thursday, April 29. “Having an accident when (a coyote) crosses the road is different than intentionally chasing them down with a vehicle with intent to kill it,” Weaver said. On April 22, airport employee Randall P. Murph was injured chasing a coyote from an active runway when his airport vehicle overturned. Murph “failed to main control while driving on wet grass,” according to the injury investigation report. Two days earlier, “airport staff took actions which are under investigation” while chasing an injured coyote from the airfield, said Linda Hughes, airport spokeswoman. After staff located the coyote it was subsequently killed, she said. “There is an ongoing investigation and we will be taking proper action,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Dayton aviation director.