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Mailbag: We need better solutions for coyote problem

August 30, 2012

I am heartbroken after three months of grieving over the death of our Abyssinian cat, Atticus.

He woke me up at 6 a.m. daily with a loud meow whether it was time to get up or not. He would look in my eyes as if he knew what I was thinking. He was a very important member of our family.

Atticus was an indoor cat who was never allowed to be outside. On one fateful evening when my husband returned from work, Atticus scurried out the front door into the dark, never to be seen again. We spent most of the night searching for him. We went door to door for weeks, posted signs everywhere, delivered letters all over our neighborhood. After some time, we have had to face the fact our precious Atticus was eaten by a coyote.

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Recently, our Laguna neighbor hosted a meeting related to the continuing menace of coyotes in our neighborhood. More than 30 residents were in attendance with Animal Control and police represented to discuss the problem. We were on vacation so I couldn't attend.

The solution recommended by the city officials was to haze coyotes to keep them at bay. Hazing included making loud noises by shaking objects or shouting "get away."

I find these suggestions to be ridiculous since very few people are close enough to see the coyote as they are eating their pets. I insist that the City Council convene a committee of concerned residents to study the coyote problem and develop actionable recommendations.

The fact is the coyote population has grown immensely, they live within several feet of families and they are a menace to our community.

Debby Bowes

Laguna Beach

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City Council helps out again

The Laguna Resource Center gratefully received $7,500 in unrestricted funds from a city of Laguna Beach Community Assistance Grant. This important gift will be used to stock the center's Food Pantry so that food can be distributed to lower income residents of Laguna Beach and Orange County.

Located next door to the Dog Park, the center's food pantry is open every weekday morning, and serves hundreds of hungry families each month.

The timing of this gift is especially important because during the summer months there is no school. That means breakfast and lunch, normally provided at school, are not available to lower income children, so the need for free food at the pantry is even greater than usual.

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