Re: Coyotes in Baton Rouge neighborhood

Baton Rouge officials should undertake an education program for residents to teach them how to coexist and appreciate wildlife (such as coyotes), instead of killing or trapping it. Residents need to learn to supervise their pets, to never feed coyotes, to only place tightly covered trash out on collection day, to clean up under birdfeeders, etc. Coyotes are normally very shy of humans, unless they're being fed. If one comes too close, clap your hands, shout, blow a whistle or open an umbrella. America's native "song dogs", the most adaptable, intelligent animals in the woods, should not be trapped or shot. Other coyotes will simply move in and breed more. A good source of info is