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Please let us shoot coyotes | Letters

My heart goes out to Donald Barovic ("Coyotes: FW resident wants to shoot them"). Over the years, my husband and I have dealt with the same problem and I'm still dealing with it.

We live just east of I-5 and have lost goats, sheep, chickens, a cat and peafowl to coyotes, bald eagles and red tailed hawks.

We have reinforced our fencing. Built them higher and stronger year after year, only to have to stand and watch the coyotes climb the fences like a ladder. Coming and going, just like a human climbing a ladder.

This past year due to the cost, I gave away four goats and two horses.   Once I did that, the coyotes went rampant. I lost 32 large laying hens to coyotes. And watched as a bald eagle killed one of my beautiful peacocks and sat on it and ate it in my pasture.

Once my son and I thought we finally had the fences secured and no possible way the coyotes could come in, we only had five hens, one goat and one peacock left. We purchased 14 baby chicks. Just as they were at the laying age, the coyotes made a feast of them. My son was in the pasture and a coyote came right past him, grabbed a chicken and went over the fence.  Came back again in about an hour, and my son was still there and grabbed another chicken and over the fence it went.

I now only have a pullet, one hen that no longer lays. I'm furious!

I contacted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and threatened to send them a bill for the loss of my animals. They said they had no financing to pay for my animal loss and told me I couldn't shoot the coyotes, that they needed to be relocated. How in the heck are they going to relocate them? They just keep multiplying.

I think my only solution is to put up razor wire, like the prisons do, to keep the coyotes from climbing over the fence. Now the bald eagles and hawks are a different story. What does one do to keep them out?

Delores Warner, Auburn


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