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Urban Coyotes
By Stacy Mantle
Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Darren Julian from the AZ Game and Fish dept says, "Be cruel to coyotes".

I'm not sure how many of you live in Arizona, but we apparently have an idiot sitting in the AZ Game and Fish Department named Darren Julian.  Ok- I realize that it's not nice to call people idiots, but at this point, I'm so incensed that I want nothing more than to see him never step foot in public or make any type of public statement, ever... 

As many of you know, we have a number of "Urban Coyotes" living in the cities of Arizona.  This is not a new problem.  The more that we continue building on the territories of our coyotes (and snakes and reptiles and so on), then the more these animals will be forced to join our civilization. 

I know that many of you will disagree, but I'm past caring.  Yesterday, on ABC15 news, Mr. Julian states that in order to discourage coyotes from moving into neighborhoods, we should " very cruel to them; throw rocks, kick them, throw things at them..."


Now - as many of you know, we live in a land of animal abuse.  Mr. Julian essentially just gave the permission of the AZ Game and Fish Dept to be cruel to our native animals. 

I hope that he didn't really mean what he said and that he is just not good at public speaking. I can only pray that he's not involved in the AZ Game and Fish Dept's education department.  And I can only hope that people will not take this guy seriously. But there are many who will.  Keep in mind how many animal abusers are now happily plotting the best means of cruelty, and with the AZ Game and Fish Dept's apparent "approval" on doing so.  Think I'm a pessimist?  Get just two of the emails that I get dozens of weekly.  Spend a day at the local animal shelter.  Then tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about. 

Now, I'm not asking for this guy's resignation, but I do believe he, AND the AZ Fish and Game Dept., should make a clarifying statement on the incredibly stupid statement that Mr. Julian issued.  Think about it - do you really want to walk out of your home and see an animal (of any kind) that has been tortured to death?  This is what will end up happening.  This guy needs to do some serious backtracking on this statement, clarify that what he meant was that we should not feed these wild animals, should not call them towards us, should instead treat them like the wild animals they are and leave them alone.  Mr. Julian has just abused his right to speak to the public, as far as I'm concerned.  Go back to your desk job, or whatever it is that you do, and I can only hope it doesn't include "education". 

Folks, the more we build on land in the Southwest Deserts, the fewer places these animals have to live...  If you don't want to live with the wild, go back to where you came from.  If you can't have respect for the wild, live in an inner-city apartment.  But, do not harm the wildlife.  Do not treat them with any less respect than you would want to be treated with, and for God's sake, don't start throwing rocks at them, or be "Cruel" to them.  Just ignore them or call someone in a position of authority who can help you out by trapping and relocating the animal.  I'm not even sure if the AZ Game and Fish Dept is up for that little challenge given what I just witnessed on T.V., so I'm not sure I would even call them.  

We need to be a little less selfish during our time on earth, and this will begin with admiring and accepting that we share the earth with things other than humans.  All creatures ahve a purpose, all of them have a reason to be here, and to think otherwise is just arroance. 

If you don't want your cat or small dog to be carried off by a hungry coyote, please keep them indoors.  I realize that many pets are lost to coyotes, but think how many more are lost to abusive people. You may just get some perspective.  If you don't want coyotes in your yard, there are a number of humane products that you can use to stop them from coming into your yard.  Contech has a fantastic line of products designed to help keep 'critters' of all kinds away from areas in your home.

Please do not listen to the idiot remarks made by Mr. Julian. It is my most sincere hope that people will learn how to live with nature and begin sharing the resources that WE have stolen from THEM... 

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/23/2008
well said
Reviewed by Jacob Chernov 10/3/2007
I have tried to contact Darin several times over the past few weeks about some coyotes we have in our neighborhood that are becoming increasingly not scared of us in this apartment complex. I find it sad that the agency that is supposed to protect wildlife from people and people from wildlife laughs it off. We have coyotes approx. 6 of them living in a little patch of undeveloped property that is just north of the 101 and approx 100 ft from my apartment. Now I'm sure we all know apartments are full of kids, and there are many animals that live around here, such as cats that people have abandon and that the residence of the apartments have more or less taken under their wing to make sure they are safe and at least have food and water. The Arizona Department of Fish and Game still refuses to come out and move them. Now I know that they will more then likely come back, but I don't want to have to harm the animal that has more right to be here than I do, however I'm also not going to sit idly by and watch this animal hurt a kid or one of these cats that didn't have a fair deal because someone was an idiot, and left them here. What I want to know is why is the agency that is supposed to care for these animals so lazy that they won't come out with a tranquilizer gun and just move them to a more rural location where they would be more fit, if I had a tranquilizer and not an SKS I would do it myself. I guess like most of the law enforcement in Arizona they are going to wait until something really bad happens or one of the public officials is attacked by a coyote or their little dog is before they will do something.
Reviewed by Jack Lowe 10/2/2007
Insightful. We have coyotes out here in Illinois, too. I have seen a lot of them since my once-rural area has become a McSuburb. You make many good points in a passionate way.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/18/2007
We need to be a little less selfish during our time on earth, and this will begin with admiring and accepting that we share the earth with things other than humans.

Words to live by, my very wise and compassionate friend. I only wish far more people felt the same.
Reviewed by Sandra Ferrara Gentry 6/17/2007
It is obvious that some people just don't belong in the public eye. Take our government for instance... take them..please!

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