Sign the Petition to Stop Gassing Coyotes at Seal Beach

UPDATE: Seal Beach, California, Reportedly Plans to Continue Killing Coyotes!


Despite a public outcry, Seal Beach, California, officials have reportedly decided to extend their coyote killing spree for three more weeks. During this time, coyotes will be trapped and gassed to death—a terrifying demise for these sensitive wild animals who seek only to sustain themselves and their families. In addition to being cruel, this lethal initiative is futile because more coyotes will simply move in from outlying areas to use available resources and remaining pack members will breed at accelerated rates, so their numbers will actually increase.Your voice is once again needed!

Coyotes are attracted to areas with dense rodent populations, therefore trash containment, trimming back vegetation, and prohibiting wildlife feeding will encourage them to move on. Please urge the city to cease trapping and instead promote humane control measures, then forward this alert widely!

Please read and sign the petition NOW!

NO(w)HERE, by Lauren Strohacker

Exhibition installation of NO(w)HERE at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe AZ, 2013

NO(w)HERE, Exhibition installation, Tempe Center for the Arts, 2013

“Animals disappear: some literally, in the wake of human expansion, some metaphorically, becoming ubiquitous and fading into the urban landscape.

My suburban upbringing was filled with mediated representations of the animal: literature, television, and corporate branding.  While the feeling of attachment to wildlife was authentic, the wildlife itself was artificial.  Even an encounter with a living, breathing animal is bound by unseen regulation.  Populations are controlled, predators are decimated, and survivors are displaced to the edge of human comfortability.  Boundary lines are drawn and animals are expected to obey, an obedience whose subversion is punishable by death.  The destabilization of wildlife systems due to urban sprawl is concealed under the banner of “progress”.

These realizations are the foundation for my exploration as an artist.  As society continues to redefine nature, I explore alternative systems of human/animal interaction through interdisciplinary processes: Juxtaposing animal imagery with human spaces and subverting traditional ways of observing non-humans in contemporary human networks.  By composing simulated encounters I enter into the dialogue of anti-confinement, animal autonomy, and the uncertain future of cohabitation.”

Help ‘Empty Cages LA’ fight against further coyote killings at Seal Beach

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Please let’s help “Empty Cages LA” fight against killing any more coyotes in Seal Beach!! Anyone who can, please attend the Seal Beach City Council Meeting TODAY, October 13, COLUMBUS DAY, at 6:30pm.
Location: City Hall, 211 8th Street, Seal Beach, CA

If given the opportunity to speak, here are some talking points for those who can attend:

  • killing coyotes is short-sighted as attested to by studies showing that if you kill coyotes, they will more than make up for it in population growth
  • vacancies left by killed coyotes are quickly filled by interlopers and transient coyotes who quickly set up house
  • more new coyotes without the wiser older local coyotes around to teach them, means the newcomers and youngsters will have to learn the ropes of coexistence the hard way: through negative encounters with humans and dogs.
  • older local coyotes help stabilize the population (only the older alphas breed in any territory)
  • simple guidelines for coexistence work in urban areas such as San Francisco and Vancouver: keep small pets from roaming free, leash dogs in a coyote area, don’t leave food out, never feed a coyote, know how to shoo off a coyote
  • it’s an environmental issue: The driving ethos these days is “environmentally friendly” and “sustainability”. This means not destroying what nature has given us — it means developing guidelines which inflict minimal or no harm on the environment: coyotes are part of our natural environment. The idea of sustainability resulted from concerns about how humans and our needs” were altering healthy and balanced ecosystems, which was coming back to haunt all of us.
  • many more pets are killed by cars than ever have been killed by coyotes — maybe we should eliminate cars first?

Coyote Friend of Mine, by George Davis

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Coyote friend of mine, if only I could trade my nose for snout, my mouth for jaws, my skin for fur, my feet for paws, then we could run together, coyote friend of mine.

I had the opportunity to watch two coyotes on a gravel beach at the break of dawn here in Maine, one just sat in the morning sun soaking in the sun. Watched them both for about a half hour. I was in a boat so I don’t think they knew I was there. Wow, they stole my heart thus the poem.

Too much hatred and misunderstanding in these parts, makes me cry for them, no really. Saw a sign on a pickup truck that said Gods Guide Service: deer, coyote and bobcat hunts. Are you f……ing kidding me or what! I will have those signs one day, just has to be done.

Your film is great and I have sent your email address to a few friends of mine. A few of us got together last fall to cut down nine dead coyotes from a tree in front of this yo yo’s house. I mean they were right next to the road, why, why, why? Maybe he got the message because we haven’t seen them there again. One for us!

Anyhow, thank you for all of your good work in helping these wonderful animals, these friends of mine. Rage against the hatred!……..George Davis

[reposted from a comment on our site]

Seal Beach Residents Demonstrate Against Coyote Killings

Please support the group “Empty Cages Los Angeles” in their effort to stop trapping and gassing coyotes in Seal Beach, California. Coexistence requires little effort, entailing a modicum of education about coyote behavior and about simple guidelines that work. Let’s use our knowledge, not our fears, to deal with our urban wildlife.

Coyote Biology, Behavior and Population Dynamics

click on the image to read the entire article

click on the image to read the entire article

Here is a bit of fascinating information which I’d like to help make more accessible to the public, regarding what we know about coyote population dynamics, territoriality and the attempt by humans to “control and manage” their populations, i.e. kill them.

For many years, we’ve been using this information — first documented by F.F. Knowlton in 1972 — to inform folks about the repercussions of eliminating coyotes: that killing them has the unintended consequence of actually increasing their populations.

This letter from Robert Crabtree, based on his observations and studies, sums up this information precisely, concisely and interestingly. Please click on the the thumbnail to the left to read it and learn more about the fascinating life of coyotes from it!

Chinese Version of “Coyotes As Neighbors” is ready for viewing

I am pleased and proud to present a third version of our one-stop video presentation, “Coyotes As Neighbors” in Mandarin Chinese.

A huge thanks to the folks — every single one a community and/or professional volunteer — who spent hours working with me on this video project so that we could get useful coyote information out to people who are less comfortable with the English language. The video now can be seen and heard in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Cantonese speakers, of course, will be able to read the Mandarin version even though the voice-over will be unintelligible to them.

My long-time friend Sylvia Chen, a special needs instructor with a Ph.D. in Neurolinguistics from Taiwan, spent many days interpreting and translating the text for the Mandarin version, minutely working out nuances of meaning for the Chinese speaking community. Zhu Yanan, from Beijing, only 23 years old and an international law student at USF — and a magician who practices “slight of hand”! — generously lent us his fabulous voice for the voice-over in Chinese and suggested I put some music into the background, which I did.

Two more long-time friends, Luz Andino, a Spanish teacher from Argentina at the San Francisco Friends School, and María José Phillips from Spain, with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and adjunct professor in the Spanish Department at the University of San Francisco, worked many, many hours, separately, on the translation, and Rafa Unzueta Daly, a photojournalist from Chile who studied at USF, lent us his awesome voice for the Spanish voice-over.

Thank you all for giving so much of your valuable time and intense effort to this project. What an amazing and very special international group! I had fun working with you all and had fun putting the final work together in these videos! Congratulations to you all and thank you for supporting sharing of the environment with our wildlife!

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