Navy to kill Discovery Park Coyote
Seattle, WA - Just after officials intervened to remove coyote traps from Discovery Park, a plan is afoot to kill the animal. The Navy, concerned about the safety of residents in military housing within the park, made a decision to have the coyote euthanized. A spokesman comments:
"The whole thing arose because of great concern about the health and safety of residents. There are a lot of small children there and the coyote has gotten very forward, even coming up on some of the porches, which is aberrant behavior."
Julia Allen, who is on the board of Friends of Discovery Park, says that coyotes have been living without incident in the park for years. She also received an anonymous tip that someone may shoot the coyote. She is urging anyone who spots someone with a firearm in the park to call the police.
Diane Redfern, who lives near the park, has seen the coyote while out walking her small dog.
"It just looked at us, and sat down under a tree," she said. She hopes the coyote can live in peace. "What's wrong is people need to keep their pets inside or on a leash."
Reality Check: A pit bull can bust through fence and kill a dog. The owner might be cited and the dog might be labeled dangerous. A coyote that walks onto a porch is automatically issued a death sentence. What is wrong with this picture?