LETTER: Shooting coyotes in Salina is not the answer

— Shooting coyotes in Salina is not the way to solve a problem. The Town of Salina is considering the very real possibility of allowing the local nuisance control person(s) to kill coyotes in the town by gun. This would be done on residential properties, jeopardizing homes and citizens. There is information available and offered by true experts on “coyote issues” refuting the information being given to the town by local nuisance control people. There is the added cruelty element of killing any animal during breeding season, condemning its young to death by predation, starvation/dehydration and suffering. And who is to say that the alleged “problem coyote” will actually be the target?

Area residents are being asked to attend the next town board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the basement of the main hall at the Salina Town Hall, 201 School Road, Liverpool. Elise Able, president of Fox Wood Wildlife Center, who is a highly regarded writer and speaker on Eastern coyotes and their behavior, is planning to attend the meeting. She has also offered to give a presentation called “Eastern Coyote: Friend or Foe?” before the board meeting for interested residents and town representatives from 4:45 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 205 Cypress Street, Liverpool.

Additionally, Geri Vistein, a wildlife biologist from Maine, is also offering information to the town in hopes of preventing this travesty from taking place. She has suggested that the nuisance control person now being considered by the town to be the area “expert,” is creating fear and telling outright lies about the species. She, furthermore, says that fear throws off the reality of the issue and hinders steps that can be taken to avert the alleged problem without killing. She is planning to visit and present in June, but that may be too late regarding the current issue. The town needs to hear from the “true” coyote specialists, not the person they will hire to kill animals. Please go to projectcoyote.org to learn about this animal.

Anyone who is interested in this issue is being asked to please attend the meeting and let your voice be heard. Knowledge, and input of concerns from those who will be most affected by the choices made by the Board, is what is needed. This citizen feels that in most situations, deadly or violent “solutions” are seldom warranted or effective.

Janice Wilson


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dpc1222 3 years, 9 months ago


Are you worried about the impact of the Eastern Coyote in Salina? How can we control their populations? Should we? How can you keep your pets safe? What is myth and what is fact where these elusive canines are concerned? Habits, biology and the answers to these questions and many more will be discussed in this depth discussion on coyotes. Elise Able, coyote expert and New York State Licensed Wildlife Control Agent will be giving this free presentation titled “Eastern Coyote; Friend or foe?” for the community of Salina. The program will be presented at The American Legion 205 Cypress St., Liverpool from 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM Monday April 23rd. Space is limited, RSVP recommended to: 716-592-1861 or foxladye@yahoo.com This is a free program and all residents of the Town of Salina are welcome and encouraged to attend.


JohnMC 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't want someone with a loaded gun shooting at wildlife in our town. So what if a coyote killed a cat- Mr. LaFrance is telling people that the next thing it's going to do is attack a child? That's like ordering someone to be executed because they stole some candy - using the excuse that because they stole a piece of candy, the next crime they are going to commit is murder. Come on people! Mr. LaFrance is spreading fear and misinformation in our community.It is not good for our community and it is not the kind of community we are. We are educated and aware, not fearful people easily swayed by fear tactics- at least most of us are not. Obviously the Town Board does not want the facts. Leave our wildlife alone Mr. LaFrance! Is he going to be hired to kill the rabbits and woodchucks that are eating our gardens next, after he kills the coyotes that were keeping their populations in check? Who is going to foot the bill for the rat control- a job that is being done free of charge courtesy of the coyotes. Ahh! Maybe they will pay LaFrance! Interesting position you are putting yourself in LaFrance- you will be making a lot of money won't you? .
And, this coyote is being sentenced to death for killing a free-roaming cat- Salina Town Board, I thought you didn't want cats roaming free in the neighborhoods. Keep the coyotes, naturally solve your cat problem.


JohnMC 3 years, 9 months ago

Salina needs to use the facts facts, not fear and propaganda to make their decision where our wildlife is concerned. Co-existence is the answer, not killing. I for one, will be attending the educational program at The American Legion. I've heard the speaker is wonderful and has nothing personal to gain by coming to our community to offer education and to counter the fear and misinformation that is being spread by certain individuals. Hear and read the facts! We are being duped and the Salina Town Board is not listening to their constituents who DON'T want the coyotes shot to death. I would much rather have coyotes than a man with a loaded gun in my neighborhood. LaFrance says he will use a special "predator call" to call in the coyotes to shoot them. Just how is he going to decide if that was the offending coyote that killed the woman's cat (that shouldn't have been outside in the first place)? Maybe LaFrance should make "meowing" noises instead- then the cat killing coyote will surely respond! If LaFrance is using the typical call, which is a rabbit or rodent in distress, wouldn't he be killing the desirable rodent-killing coyotes? LaFrance also claims that the coyotes will start preying on children next. Maybe he should go into his tree stand and make some children laughing noises - that's SURE to bring the kid-killing coyotes in for a good shot, isn't it? Lafrance is not doing our town any favors with his misinformation! He may be an expert at killing animals, but he is NOT an expert in wildlife biology or the consequences of his actions regarding our wildlife in Salina.


clm 3 years, 9 months ago

John, excellant points. I hope you plan to attend Elise's presentation and also will speak at the Board meeting that night. Salina residents also need to replace Board members other than Mr. Magnerelli who seems to be the only member truly interested in issues. The others just want to make their friends happy regardless of the impact on others in the community. .


d2or3 3 years, 9 months ago

Excellent letter, Ms. Wilson. And thanks for the event info, dpc122. I will be there on behalf of the coyotes -- not only to Elise Able's presentation but also to the April 23 Town Board meeting. Education, education, education. Will anyone listen to reason? Slight chance ... but one can hope.


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