Letter: Keep pets safe from coyotes

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Editor,

Carmel, Indiana, is a great place to live, which has been recognized by many national publications recently. I have enjoyed living here my whole life and being a Boy Scout in the community.

I am writing because I am worried about the small pets in our neighborhoods. There have been multiple sightings of coyotes over the last several months in Carmel. I have heard that many pets—especially cats and small dogs—have gone missing in this same time period. I realize my neighbors should remove pet food and water sources from outside of their homes to keep the wild animals as far away as possible from homes where small pets might live.

At night, bright lighting of an area where a pet is might help. Our family takes a flashlight along when we walk our dog at night to try and keep the wild animals away since our dog weighs about 11 pounds.

I do not think the wild animals should be killed. However, I do think that there should be a plan in place to control the coyote population. I understand that trapping may create a “false sense of security,” but I worry that soon the coyote population size will grow to uncontrollable levels.

I encourage our city council to look for a solution. In the meantime, I hope my neighbors are watching their animals closely when they are outside—especially in the dark and nighttime hours.

Sam Balanoff, Carmel


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