February 27, 2013
With regards to your front page article titled, "Care, capture, return" of Feb. 14, I oppose the releasing and feeding of feral cats after they have been trapped and neutered. The cat food and the cats themselves are food for coyotes and only attract the coyotes to residential areas. According to new research by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, free-roaming cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds each year. Huntington Beach is part of the Pacific Flyway, an important migration route for native migratory birds.
November 20, 2012
An agenda item submitted by Huntington Beach City Councilman Devin Dwyer that recommended employing a licensed trapper for $4,000 to deal with the city's coyote population drew 34 public speakers and no support among council members Monday. The council amended the proposal and decided to insert informational brochures on the presence of coyotes in the city's water bills on a 6-0-1 vote, with Bohr not present for the vote, after hearing the public's concerns over the issue. Dwyer suggested hiring a trapper due to the Huntington Beach Police Department receiving 200 calls on coyote sightings and 26 reports of pets being killed by coyotes in the past year.
March 28, 2012
"The Great Goddess of darkness, Mother Night, Persephone, brought forth the World Egg in the beginning, mirrored now in the Moon. Then the world was one warm, glowing, single un-split thing. It rocked gently, a crack appeared, and the multifarious world was born. " - "The Truth About Eggs" by Levana Lindentree * Eggs have been a symbol of generation and regeneration since ancient times. Even the Easter bunny's brightly colored gifts are a symbolic way of wishing you children.
December 7, 2011
In the past three years, my dog and I have had several encounters with coyotes. At times, we've been within 20 to 30 feet of them, but at no time did I ever feel threatened. On one occasion, I witnessed a dog interact with two coyotes and walk away unharmed, though I don't recommend allowing your dog to do this. I am far more afraid of pit bulls off leash than any coyote. Anyone who lives near coyotes is a fool to have an outdoor cat. Small dogs and small children should never be left unattended in coyote territory.
November 30, 2011
How many pets will be eaten by coyotes in Huntington Beach (and all of O.C.) until each respective city efficiently alerts its residents? Most people are not aware, thinking their small dog or cat is lost and will come home. It will take the killing of a small child innocently walking or a toddler or infant in a playpen in someone's yard or patio. It is irrelevant if adults are present or chasing the coyote away. This morning in my small walled-in townhome community near the beach in Huntington, residents were trying to scare and chase a coyote away, and within minutes it had a calico cat in its mouth (too late for this domestic pet, ignorantly kept outside)
April 29, 2010
Residents have gathered more than 200 signatures on a petition against a proposal to replace a nursery with an RV storage lot behind their houses, citing concerns about public safety and other issues. Residents on Aragon Circle, a neighborhood near Yorktown Avenue and Ward Street, are trying to stop the Ward Garfield Specific Plan from being approved by the City Council. The proposal would turn a portion of land owned by Southern California Edison and used by the Village Nurseries Landscape Center into a storage lot with room for 557 recreational vehicles and a rental office.
April 28, 2010
FOR THE RECORD: . . . . An editor?s note on the April 22 Forum page should have stated that all incidents mentioned in police records, even those described in longer media releases, are available in the public log.. . . . . . I live in a walled in community in Huntington Beach. A large coyote was standing behind my patio at 7:30 a.m. Friday. About 9:30 a.m., another one was seen jumping over a 6-foot patio wall. A neighbor who lets her cat out every morning at 7 never realized the coyotes hunt in the daylight in neighborhoods.