TWENTYNINE PALMS — Twenty-three volunteers participated in a coyote hunt, killing seven coyotes March 25 and 26 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

The coyotes were killed in six areas on base that officials selected based on their distance from human activity.

Participants were chosen in a lottery draw and were then invited by Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs to participate in the event, according to information from the Marine Corps.

“The combat center has established a coyote depredation program in order to reduce the number of coyotes that are unnaturally inflated in the local area due to human subsidies,” Lauren Kurkimilis, deputy public affairs officer at the Marine base, stated.

The elevated numbers of coyote are a safety risk to Marines and their family members and are a significant factor in deaths of the desert tortoise, Kurkimilis said.

In the past year, a Marine was bitten while participating in a training exercise aboard the installation and coyotes have been witnessed entering family’s backyards and children’s playgrounds with increasing occurrence, showing no natural fear of human presence, Kurkimilis said.

Wildlife experts say it’s important not to feed or approach coyotes.

Randi Fellich, volunteer and Southern California representative for Project Coyote, said that unintentional and intentional feeding of wildlife is harmful because the animal becomes reliant on that food source and soon loses its fear of humans.

“This is when people start to notice coyotes as a nuisance,” Fellich said.

The actions aboard the MCAGCC were conducted under the coordination and supervision of the installation’s conservation law enforcement ifficers, who operate under the Department of Interior and are required by law to ensure adherence to California State Fish and Game laws, according to Kurkimilis.

The shootings complied with California Fish and Game Commission regulations, she said, which state that coyotes may be killed at any time of the year and in any number along with English sparrow, starling, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents.

Nevertheless, the advocates at the Coyote Project said the animals are important parts of the desert.

“Coyotes play a huge part in the ecosystem; they regulate the number of skunks, fox, raccoons and other rodents in the ecosystem,” Fellich said.

“We were very disappointed to learn of this coyote killing contest.”

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Lame. Barbaric. Move to an inner city then. Can we hold a stupid human hunt next? Yucca Valley and the surrounding communities are threatened by stupid humans more than coyotes. Ugh.

Branson Hunter

Assuming there is a public safety need to 'eradicate" these desert animals (not), the ongoing degradation and primitivism of the human spirit hasn't adapted the safe and humane way of controlling coyotes populations. That isn't an option because we are a few branches away from tree of barbarianism.
These sentient beings can shot with a hypodermic gun containing serum that makes a male or female sterile. Open season on barbarians anyone?


“The combat center has established a coyote depredation program in order to reduce the number of coyotes that are unnaturally inflated in the local area due to human subsidies,” Lauren Kurkimilis, deputy public affairs officer at the Marine base, stated.

The reporter for this article should follow up with a question. Exactly what number of Coyotes are acceptable? 1? 2? 12? 20? 1000?

I find it difficult to imagine that there an "unnaturally inflated" number of coyotes when we can look around the desert and see that the number of Quail, Rabbits and other wildlife appears to be much less than say 10 years ago. Where are all the Quail families that use to be seen in great numbers? These animals helped feed the coyote population. Therefore I would guess that there are LESS coyotes today than 10 years ago.

So what's an appropriate number of Coyotes to have in order to keep the eco system in balance and how does the Military plan on releasing those figures?
Oh, I forgot, now that Trump is President, no proof or evidence is needed, just someone's word. I think not.

Branson Hunter


The open season of hunting Quail each year in the Morongo Basin and elsewhere is an abomination. That also reduces the numbers of Quail in our area. There needs to be a moratorium of hunting Quails.

The MCAGCC with the killing of coyotes, the take over of Johnson Valley Recreation area, base Marines trapping in bob cats in our area and not the wholesale slaughter of wildlife (coyotes) surely isn't furthering the job of maintaining good community relations. What is the base General thinking?

Maybe it's time to rotate the Base General. Maybe it's time to ask Washington lawmakers to look into this.

logical mind

So this is how the Corps(e) admits that their impact on the desert has been negative!! They are saying they are bad for the desert and everything that lives there, including coyotes. It is a sure thing that they are slavering for the "fun" and enjoyment of killing beautiful living things.

The Marine Corpse disgusts me in every way imaginable. Yes, the same policies that allow Marine Corps creeps to post photographs of women photographed naked without their knowledge or permission is all I need to know about the Marine Corps and their morality. The fact that Marines are still creating secret web sites after they were told to quit confirms that many Marines are amoral abusers.

Yeah, they can kill anything - they are all trained killers. They could turn on us in a second - as they have already turned on the women that they serve with. The Marines are in no place to make any decisions that involve morality because they are void of morality.. So many of them were lost souls before they found the Home For Lost Souls - the Marine Corps.

We have a town full of former and current Marines - it is obvious that Marines at MCAGCC were not excluded from the horror of sexual exploitation so our locals are in on the sexual exploitation of women. Locally, Marines regularly create havoc - they have killed our doctors, women, children and babies. Locally, our first responders must see the mess when a Marine blows his head off in the Park or they must retrieve the rotten corpses of young women killed by a Marine. Our town is not safe. Our people are not safe. The Planet is not safe from the predatory Marines. The statistics for crime soar when there is a military base near by and TNP is no exception. We are in a race to the bottom of the toilet - making the Marine Corps welcome.

On the other hand, what can one expect of an organization founded in a bar by resentful drunks. Want to see the resentment still resident? Call a Marine a sailor and watch the reaction - they hate that anchor on their insignia - because they are emotional children with guns and bombs who are endangering life on this Planet.


I am thoroughly disgusted and saddened by the killing of coyotes. Threats to humans?
B.S. I have yet to see where coyotes are threats to humans. Could you give some examples? I have lived in harmony with coyotes here for almost 50 years and keep my pets protected. It is a is a disgrace that our tax dollars are used to fund this killing. Not enough that they have to put up with the bombing, etc from the base. How do tortoises live out there with all the maneuvers anyway?

Guess with our new sadistic president, we can expect lots more war games because of all the money that will be funded for them. War - what is it good for?

Branson Hunter

Not long ago I was walking my dog in Desert Heights on BLM property south of Pole Line on Canyon Rd. It's a dirt road and a primitive area with no infrastructure. I came across a Marine with a high-powered hunting rifle. He was hunting coyotes off base. My home is not far from there. By luck there were no coyotes because had he fired his piece, it could have hit me from a far away distance. Just as bad, he could have mistaken my sandy colored big service dog for a coyote. Not long ago, three Marines in three super big pickups were spinning donuts for 15 minutes tearing up BLM in the same general area, making the area ugly. The base has produced some black-hearted killers of civilians in our area. Every few year it seems the norm to read about some jar-head was arrested or convicted of murder. I still shutter over one or more Marines trapping bob cats in our public and private property. Those poor bobcats were shot in the cage, gutted and skinned. Then sold to a lucrative market somewhere in Asia as a fur coat for some ignorant person to sport around town. On another occasion, one Saturday a Marine jumped my locked chain-link fence and was knocking on my door. He was acting strange, very strange. I met him outside my front door. He wanted to hold my hand and walk barefooted in the sand. This Marine about 30 was clearly under the influence of a powerful drug. He left and sat in his pickup in my remote driveway for a few minutes doing drugs. And, no, I didn't report the guy. Then a few years back the Marines at the MCAGCC were 'officially' violating the Posse Comitatus Act as stipulated in Government Code 18 U.S.C. § 1385. They were stopping vehicles on SR62 and doing field sobriety test on civilians with the help of the local CHP. Z107.7 was the first to report and challenge this thanks to news director, Gary Daigneault. ALEX JONES Prison Planet - which is broadcasted world-wide (now on TV) -- interviewed me about the shocking and flagrant violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. The Base Provost Marshal Office took a pretty blasé attitude toward their violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. After Alex Jones broadcasted the incident all over the world, the MCAGCC has since ceased shaking-down civilians on SR62. Another time when I worked for a short period for a local cab company, I pick-up four Marines. One of the younger Marines began bragging about how he committed war crimes. He vividly described how he blew up civilians with his105 mm Howitzer point directly at them at point blank ground level. He began laughing at how civilian (women, children) blood and guts went flying. One of the other Marines in the cab told him to shut his [Expletive deleted] mouth. I pitted that young Marine. Later in life he likely will have a bad case of PTSD.

I'm a former Marine myself. I understand that the base command needs to give there young Marines better sensitive training and a more compassionate understand about our community. Most of the Marines I believe are good people. We cannot forget that each year they volunteer with the Reach Out Morongo Basin organization to help local old people do things around their homes and make improvements to their homestead. Many Marines have families and many volunteer locally. Many are a big asset to the Morongo Basin. I thank them for all they do in the community.

IMHO the MCAGCC Commanding General needs stop the killing fields upon which our desert coyotes dwell. Stop the killing of coyotes General. Stop the displacement and relocation of endangered tortoises. It is known many do not survive the stress or lose their water out of fright and later die slow death.

I don't disrespect Marines. Most are very polite as there were trained to be and most are law abiding.

My 2 cents.


WHY.....WHY...WHY????? This is why I HATE men with guns. We humans are encroaching on wildlife territory.....this is a wilderness. the climate dictates that it remains a wilderness. I suggest we build Trumps YUUUUGE, beautiful, amazing, wall around the marine base if they intend to cohabit in the community. The base is like a cancer that keeps growing, taking more and more space So what If a marine got bitten? freaking bad...Coyotes run from Humans...they are smart that way. What are the occupants of the base doing to encourage coyotes to get close enough to bite? .......all that was accomplished was maybe keep some stupid jarhead incapacitated for a few days so he wasn't able to practice shooting at something or worse still prevented him from being deployed to go kill someone somewhere in the world. Like.....don't they just live and breathe to join up, get a gun, and then get to legally kill things that move?

Everywhere, too many of the inhabitants of this base go they display disrespect for their surroundings, which encourages disrespect for the uniform they wear. Hopefully for his sake, many of us here in this basin won't have the opportunity to come face to face with this base commander....he won't come away from the encounter feeling warm and fuzzy.

Color me sick and disgusted by this.

PS...yes we need the military, and thank you for serving.......but leave our wildlife alone, They are aren't the enemy and the citizens of the community don't appreciate you killing them.


I enjoy the coyotes here, whether it be the hunting pack or the one loner that patrols the same consistent area for what vermin it can catch. Life is in balance here with the wildlife. The single male loner got the message a lot time ago to keep away from my immediate living quarters and the dog pen with a few rocks lobbed its way. I wish the trespassing humans were half as smart.

If the assorted critters are "taking over the base", its only due to the poor habits of the base's temporary citizens. Either that, or the coyotes are suffering PTSD from all the bombs and ammo being discharged at all hours.

What's next? Drone attacks on the resident birds of prey?

Branson Hunter

I say to the commanding general of MCAGCC, General you, nor the military, nor the Department of the Navy - Naval Operations don't own these animals your people are killing. They migrate from from the Morongo Basin to the base along their migration paths. We are all part of the circle of live out here.

Please stop the killing fields, the slaughter of live: Do that with your drones upon civilians in those other countries.


On August 26, 1981, a coyote grabbed a three-year-old girl named Kelly Keen in the driveway of her mother and father's home in Glendale, California and dragged her across the street. Her father rescued her by chasing the animal away and rushed her to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, but she died in surgery due to blood loss and a broken neck because of the incident.[2][4]

On October 27, 2009, two eastern coyotes mauled a nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter named Taylor Mitchell at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. She was on a break from her concert tour when they stalked and chased her down on the Skyline Trail. An air ambulance airlifted Taylor to Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, but she died after midnight from severe injuries and blood loss that were sustained during the incident.[5]


In May 1978, a coyote bit the leg of a 5-year-old Pasadena girl in the driveway of her home.


May 1979, a coyote grabbed by throat and cheek a 2-year-old Pasedena girl who had been eating cookies on her front porch.

July 1979, in Pasadena, coyotes lacerated the leg of a 17-year-old girl who was attempting to save a dog from being attacked.

August, 1979, a coyote attacked a 5-year-old La Verne girl. Her father and a neighbor saved the child from being dragged off, but not before she had suffered deep bites on neck, head, and legs.

July 1980, a coyote grabbed a 13-month-old Agoura Hills baby girl by the midsection and started dragging her off. The baby suffered puncture wounds but was saved by her mother.

August 1988, a coyote nipped and bruised a 4-year-old Oceanside boy who had been playing in his yard.

August 1988, a coyote in Oceanside bit the rollerskate of an 8-year-old girl who had just fallen but was chased away by two women throwing rocks.

August 1988, a coyote in Oceanside grabbed 3-year-old girl by the leg, pulled her down, and then bit her on head and neck before being chased off by her mother and neighbors.

June 1990, in Reds Meadow, a coyote bit a 5-year-old girl on the head while she was sleeping at a campground.

May 1992, a coyote attacked a 5-year-old San Clemente girl, biting her several times on her back. The girl climbed her swing set to escape, and her mother chased the coyote off.

October 1992, in Fallbrook, a coyote bit a 10-year-old boy on the head while he was asleep on back porch of a residence.

March 1995, in Griffith Park, a 5-year-old girl was knocked down twice by a coyote before being saved by her mother.

June 1995, a coyote chased three boys on University of California, Riversideproperty, biting a 7-year-old.

July 1995, a Griffith Park coyote was chased away once, but returned and bit the leg of a 15-month-old girl.

September 1995, a coyote attacked a 3-year-old Fullerton girl in her yard, biting her face, head, and thigh.

November 1995, a coyote at University of California, Riverside chased playing children, biting a 3-year-old boy.

June 1996, a coyote grabbed a 3-year-old Los Altos boy's head and hand and began dragging him toward some bushes before he was saved by his 15-year-old brother.

February 1997, a coyote severely bit a 4-year-old girl in her yard in South Lake Tahoe. The heavy snowsuit she was wearing protected all but her face, and she was rescued by her father. The coyote stayed in the unfenced yard until police arrived and shot it dead. Earlier that morning, the coyote had bitten the hand of a man who was feeding it.

May 2000, in La Mesa, a 3-year-old boy was bitten on his side, resulting in 4 puncture wounds.

June 2001, in Northridge, a coyote seriously injured a 7-year-old, but was finally fought off by her mother.

July 2001, a coyote bit a 3-year-old Irvine boy in the leg while he was playing in his yard. The boy was saved by his father.

October 2001, in San Clemente, a coyote attacked three children playing on a playground at Truman Benedict Elementary School biting and scratching an 8-year-old girl on the back of her neck and a 7-year-old boy on the back and arm. A third student was also attacked, but the coyote only bit his backpack.

November 2001, in San Diego, a coyote that a family had been feeding bit their 8-year-old daughter.

December 2001, in San Gabriel, a coyote bit a 3-year-old girl in the head, grabbed her shoulder and started to drag her away, but was chased off by her father.

May 2002, in Anza-Borrego State Park, a coyote bit a boy, who was sleeping in a sleeping bag, on the head.

May 2003, in Highland, a coyote came into a neighbor's garage chasing after 2-year-old girl, biting her on the arm.

July 2003, in Granada Hills, a boy was walking his family's two dogs when they were attacked by three coyotes. One dog was killed and the other injured before they were rescued by his father.

August 2003, in Apple Valley, a coyote attacked a 4-year-old boy on a golf course, biting him on the face and neck before he was saved by his father.

logical mind

Hey, General,
Can your jar heads take a break from the killing and the pornography and do something constructive?


These animals are cute but they do not belong in our neighborhoods!


Bet one doesn't need to research back to 1978 to find injury or death from domesticated pets.


June 28, 2010, a coyote jumped on a 12-year-old girl in Spring Valley. The girl fell backwards and injured her elbow, but she was not bitten.

July 18, 2013, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress, a 2-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote while playing about ten feet away from her mother, who was visiting her grandmother's grave. The coyote grabbed the playing child and started to drag her off into the bushes, but dropped the child and ran away when "lunged at" by the mother. The child was hospitalized for a 2.5 inch gash to the leg and began precautionary treatment for rabies. Authorities killed three coyotes at the cemetery later that day.[8][9]On October 9, the mother filed suit alleging that the cemetery, by not warning her of the risk, had liability.

November 16, 2014, a woman claimed that her 4-year-old daughter was knocked down by a coyote outside her Hollywood, home. After the attack, the Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated but couldn't find any coyote, and a local television news program described the attack as "alleged".

December 25, 2014, a boy was bitten in an attack by an apparently sick coyote. He was saved by his father. Before the attack, about a block away, the coyote had just bitten the leg of a man walking his children to his car outside a home. After the attack, the coyote chased and bit a jogger on a nearby street but ran away when kicked; the police arrived and shot the coyote, which tested negative for rabies.

January 12, 2015, in Ladera Ranch, outside a baby girl's residence, a coyote with a limp tried to attack and grab the girl from her mother's arms . The mother fought the animal off enough to get inside to safety. After the attack, the animal killed two dogs and was being pursued by authorities.

May 22, 2015, in Irvine, a 3-year-old girl was picking up after their dog that she, her twin sister, and her mother had been walking, when a coyote ran out of a hedge and bit at the back of her neck, but was saved by her mother and other nearby adults. After the attack, the Department of Fish and Wildlife were trying to track and trap the coyote and planning educational programs to educate residents how to prevent and behave properly during coyote encounters. Before the attack, a coyote had chased another girl in the area.
May 22, 2015, in Irvine at Silverado Park, a 2-year-old girl, was in her garage when the door was opened and a coyote in the driveway came in and bit her on the neck and cheek.

October 14, 2015, in Irvine, a 31-year-old man and his 3-year-old son were attacked by a coyote while they were in a garden.

October 9, 2016, a coyote bit a six-year-old boy who was playing in Irvine's Springbrook Park. The boy's father along with bystanders shouted at it and one woman threw sand.

July 22, 2016, a coyote bit a 17-year-old girl on her leg at Grant Rea Park inMontebello.

December 17, 1997, coyotes bit two children in Scottsdale, Arizona. Neither child had serious injuries.

July 29, 1998, a four-year-old boy was bitten by a coyote while playing in the backyard of his home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His mother tried force the coyote to go away, but it kept being around. A police officer responded to her telephone call to shoot and kill it.

April 2006, two coyotes bit two young children in Bellevue, Washington. They were euthanized afterwards.

April 6, 2007, in Middletown, New Jersey, a coyote bit a twenty-two month old boy who was playing in his family yard with a friend.

May 21, 2007, a coyote jumped out from a small line of bushes and bit a 5-year-old as he and his sister walked home from a neighbor's house in Middletown, New Jersey. He survived due to his sister's scream when she saw the incident, but needed 46 stitches in the back of his head and rabies shots.

December 4, 2008, a nine-year-old boy in Erie, Colorado was snowboarding with his six-year-old brother on a golf course behind his house when a coyote attacked him. He used the snowboard to fend off the attack, but was bitten on the arm. A coyote in the area was then killed, but it wasn't clear if that was the same one that had bitten the boy, so he began a course of treatment for rabies.

June 2010, a 3-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl were attacked and seriously injured in separate attacks by coyotes in Rye, New York, a suburb of New York City. The six-year-old was attacked by two coyotes on June 25 and the three-year-old was attacked by one coyote on June 29. There was no indication the animals were rabid, but the girls were given treatment as a precaution.

During a period of two months, from July to September, 2011, three children between the ages of two and six were bitten by a coyote, and a fourth was approached by a coyote within two feet in a neighborhood of Broomfield, Colorado. All four encounters are thought to have involved the same adult male coyote, who was lethally removed after the last attack.

August 24, 2011, before noon, a two-year-old Weymouth, Massachusetts girl was walking next to her stroller with her grandmother when a coyote lunged out of some hedges along the sidewalk in a suburban residential area. The animal attacked from behind, knocked the child down, and bit her on the back of her head, leaving a somewhat large wound. The grandmother was having trouble saving her from the coyote, when a neighbor came out of a nearby house and got the pair into the house, shutting the coyote outside, where it stayed, listening, while the homeowner dialed 911. The girl was taken to the hospital to have her scalp stitched. The authorities hunted the coyote but finding nothing, called off the hunt, but later that night police were called back to the area by calls that the coyote had returned. They shot the animal, and although it escaped, it was presumed to have been fatally wounded, but the body was not found, so the girl began a course of rabies treatments. One week earlier, a coyote in the same area tried to attack a landscaper, who successfully fended the animal off, sustaining no injury, so the area coyotes had not been hunted or trapped.

October 12, 2011, in Saginaw, Texas the Star-Telegram Deanna Boyd reported that a 3-year-old boy was about to get into the car Wednesday morning for his daily ride to day care and spilled his Cheerios. His mother dashed back inside the house to refill the bowl then heard a scream and ran back outside where she found the boy lying on the ground confronted by a coyote. The toddler, Colton, said he had seen it "coming too fast" and that it had "knocked me over." He suffered a scratch or welt on his right hand that did not break the skin. The coyote turned its attention to the mother and then the father who came out of the house and shot the coyote, which tested negative for rabies.

June 22, 2012, at Nehalem Bay State Park on the coast of Oregon, a coyote attacked a 5-year-old girl who was following her family back from the beach on a sand path through beachgrass. The coyote first grabbed a stick which the girl had been trailing behind her, then "lunged at" the screaming child, nipping at her ribcage and feet and breaking the skin on her back, before cutting off the attack to confront her father, who succeeded in driving the determined coyote off. The coyote was not caught, so the child began precautionary treatments for rabies.

March 12, 2013, two young boys in Boulder, Colorado were playing near a creek some distance away from their father, when they were surrounded by two coyotes. The boy who did not run was not bitten, but the five-year-old who ran toward his father was bitten on the leg before being saved by his father. Before this incident, the city had been having problematic encounters with coyotes for some time in the area, known as Boulder Creek Path, including attacks on adults, so they had instituted and just completed a four-week "hazing program" to instill fear of humans into the animals. After the incident, officials hunted down and killed two coyotes believed to be the same ones that had bitten the boy.


I find it alarming that 23 "volunteers" signed up to shoot at live creatures for no reason other than they could. Then, they published it in the local newspaper as though they did a good thing! It's sick. It's not acceptable. For the person that went back years to dig up information on coyote attacks...what about the Marine that killed his pregnant mistress or the one that stabbed two women to death, got on a bus and went to play basketball? Marines commit the odd horrendous crime and the more frequent ones like drunk driving and theft. However, that doesn't mean they should all be banned from the area or shot willy nilly because they could, possibly, be a danger.

Branson Hunter


Snakes and dog bites are the threat not coyotes. The MCAGCC doesn't hire blood thirsty thugs and morons to eradicate snakes. The base is unable to justify these acts against nature. Coyote sightings are the lowest out here in 15 years. Sentient conscious coyotes have souls. They are part of the circle of life in the Morongo Basin. We don't go around eradicating canines because of maybe one errant canine that roams a neighborhood. The Marines have a massive problem with community relations. What is the commanding general of combat center doing about it?

I say again, "The soul has a long memory." . Neuroscience, the study of quantum mechanics, the Integrated Information Theory and science that deal with things like past lives and reincarnation are beginning to understand the truly promising fundamental theory that consciousness is everywhere and in everything. That it exists as a separate entity, outside of the brain.

There is not a coyote problem.


Refresh my memory...
How many FATAL pedestrian accidents on SR 62 in the past twelve months?


But wait there's more...


May 16, 2013, between six and seven PM, a two-year-old girl in Goose Gossage Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was playing on the slide with her mother and her brother. She came down the slide, her mother caught her, and set her aside, and just in the brief moment when her mom turned to catch her brother, a coyote bit the girl by the head and ran away. Doctors used stitches to close a large gash just over her right eye, and staples to close the gashes on the back of her head. The animal was not caught, so she began a course of rabies treatments.[34] In the aftermath of this and the second attack, below, authorities conducted a large scale hunt for the animal, which resulted in the death of two adult animals. Also, the media printed criticism from area residents that the authorities had been slow to act to their complaints and warnings that the animals were dangerous. Authorities were quoted as saying that hunting or trapping would not help because other coyotes would take their place, and that the state "wasn't interested" in spending the money.

May 16, 2013, within an hour before the above attack and in the same place, a coyote had attacked a four-year-old girl, knocking her down and biting her on the backside, tearing her clothes. Authorities thought it was probably the same animal, and planned to kill it.

October 27, 2013, a 3-year-old boy in Austin, Illinois within an alley was bitten by an animal badly enough to require plastic surgery. The authorities suspected a coyote, and trapped "a handful" in the area.

August 6, 2010 in Port Aransas, Texas, Executive Lt. Darryl Johnson of the Port Aransas Police Department told Phil Reynolds of the South Jetty News that the latest coyote confrontation led to two Boys Scouts, 14 and 15 years old, from San Antonio, being bitten while sleeping outside their tent near Pole 3 on the beach. The boys were taken to a Corpus Christi Hospital where they were treated. The boys took preventive rabies shots.

April 15, 2011, a coyote bit a two-year-old girl on the neck at a regional park playground in Cave Creek, Arizona. Her parents took her to a hospital for rabies treatment afterwards.

February 22, 2012, a 17-year-old boy in Hopkinton, New Hampshire was attacked by a "possibly rabid" coyote while walking his dog in the woods near his house. The coyote approached, the dog ran away, and the coyote attacked the boy, who stood his ground and punched until the animal ran off. The boy was scratched by the animal's claws and possibly teeth and so began precautionary rabies treatments.

October 15, 2012,. KVUE abc - KVUE.COM Heather Kovar reported a 14-year-old boy in Austin, Texas was knocked down by a coyote then attacked on a trail near his home. Neighbors say they have encountered aggressive coyotes. Texas Wildlife Services said they have had lots of sightings and animal attacks reported. The teen has had a series of 11 rabies shots.

November 2013, a 15-year-old-girl in Johns Creek, Georgia was jogging in her neighborhood with her black Labrador-mix when a coyote chased her. She hit the coyote with her cellular phone, but fled while the two dogs fought against each other. The teenage girl knocked on her neighbor’s door and called her father when she got inside her neighbor's home.

July 12, 2015, a 15-year-old boy in Grapevine, Texas was bitten by a coyote when he and his girlfriend were exiting a movie theater.

June 29, 2009, a coyote bit a 2-year-old girl on a school playground in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Adults around the school's vicinity rescued the girl and chased the coyote away.

May 31, 2010, a 5-year-old girl in Vernon, British Columbia was bitten by a coyote while walking with her parents and dog near a greenbelt area at about 5PM. An official quoted in the story stated that there had been four other attacks on humans in British Columbia in the preceding fifteen years.

January 2012, an 8-year-old girl in Oakville, Ontario was playing in her backyard with a friend when a coyote jumped the fence and attacked. The coyote chased the children inside the house, then stalked around outside the house, but ran away before the police arrived. The authorities killed a coyote found in the area later that day, and the girl was taken to the hospital, treated for bites to the leg, and given rabies shots because it was not clear whether the rabies-free animal that was killed was the same one which had attacked the child.

September 25, 2013, in St. Catharines, Ontario, a coyote attacked an 8-year-old girl who was walking on a sidewalk behind her stepfather, when the coyote leaped up at her, biting her ribcage. He turned around and saw it biting her foot, and then her torso. The girl was treated and released for "coyote bite." The animal was not found, so she underwent a course of rabies treatment as a precaution.

June 26. 2015, two coyotes mauled an eleven-year-old girl in Valleyview, Alberta. Her mother sent her to a hospital for stitches.

July 14, 2003, a coyote bit an 18-year-old American girl on one of her arms while she was hiking with her parents on the Skyline Trail at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.

August 9, 2010, a coyote bit a sleeping 16-year-old girl's head twice in her tent while she was camping with her parents on the eastern end of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Ingonish, Nova Scotia. She was taken to a hospital for stitches and treatment to prevent any rabies.

May 15, 2012, a 14-year-old boy in Westmount, Nova Scotia wore body armour, motocross pants and boots when a coyote attacked him on a trail near his home. All three protective gears helped him survive the predatory incident.

September 21, 2012, a 16-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote in New Waterford, Nova Scotia while she was walking to school. She had heard some growling in the bushes, but, seeing nothing, continued walking and was hit from behind and knocked down. Just at that moment, a car happened along, and the motorist sounded his horn, scaring the coyote away. The Department of Natural Resources hired a professional to trap the animal.

August 6, 2016, a coyote mauled a man who was mending on his car at Grant Rea Park in Montebello.

August 7, 2016, a coyote mauled a homeless man rummaging garbage bags at Grant Rea Park an hour after midnight in Montebello.

May 22, 2008, 10:00 am, in an unpopulated area of Maine, a hunter was hunting with a friend, staying hidden and using a turkey call, when he was knocked down and bitten by a coyote. His thick hunting clothing prevented more serious injury, but suffered several small puncture wounds and tooth scratches, and one of his teeth was damaged when he was knocked down. The other hunter soon arrived, and the animal fled. After the attack, the victim was treated at the hospital for his wounds and started a course of expensive precautionary rabies treatments.

June, 2008, in the Shadow Wood area of the Brooks community of Estero, Florida, a woman was walking her dachshund on a short leash when a coyote suddenly appeared, grabbed the dog, and tried to run away with it. She dropped to the ground, grabbed the severely injured dog, saving it from being carried off, but the coyote bit her on the right calf. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she was treated for four puncture wounds and began precautionary treatment for rabies, as the animal could not be found and killed for rabies testing right away. The incident was preceded by coyotes regularly feeding on dogs in the area, and followed by authorities hiring a professional trapper to cull area coyotes.

January, 2010, in Greenburgh, New York, a woman was taking a daytime walk through a wooded park when she was pounced on by a coyote. She screamed and, although she was aware that experts don’t recommend it, she turned and ran as fast as she could and escaped, but not before she received puncture wounds and scrapes to her arms, legs, back, and buttocks. The coyote later attacked a pit bull terrier at its home adjacent to the same park, was spotted and chased by a police helicopter, and plans were being made for policemen with hunting backgrounds to try to track down the animal. The woman's wounds were treated and, although the coyote did not appear sick, she began a course of treatment for rabies.

May 22, 2010, a 24-year-old man sleeping on his friend's patio in Port Aransas, Texas was awakened by a coyote biting him four times in quick succession on the arm and hand. When he stood, it retreated to the street, but stayed in the area, watching. The man took a series of rabies shots as a precaution.

July 13, 2010, a man sleeping on a beach in Port Aransas, Texas was bitten by a coyote licking and biting his hand. He completed a precautionary course of rabies treatments.

August 4, 2010, in Port Aransas, Texas, Port Aransas Animal Control Officer Jim Williams stated "In the 9 and a half year's I've been there, this is the worst I've ever seen it," when speaking to KRIS TV about a 19-year-old female from San Antonio, Texas that was bitten in the head by a coyote. The 19 year-old underwent rabies treatment in San Antonio.

December 25, 2010, in Dalton, Minnesota, a 48-year-old man walking his dog near a trailer court when a coyote attacked his domestic dog. While defending the dog, he was bitten on both hands by the coyote.

January 23, 2011, Port Aransas, Texas, Corpus Christi Caller Times writer Mark Collette's article confirms a sixth person reported a coyote bite in Port Aransas. The man was sleeping on the beach when bitten by a coyote. Police Chief Scott Burroughs said precautionary rabies vaccinations were received.

March 2012, a coyote bit two women and a man in Peoria, Arizona.

December 2012, in Kent, Washington, a man spent the night in the hospital after being attacked by coyotes in his own backyard.

December 12, 2012, at about 2:00AM, in Waltham, Massachusetts, on the campus of Brandeis University, an animal, thought to be a coyote, attacked a student walking back to her dorm. The animal appeared from dense cover and in a very dark location, and quickly disappeared, so the victim did not get a good look. Multiple residents had sighted a pack of coyotes in the area. The woman was treated for a tooth or claw wound.

October 8, 2012, a security guard was manning a booth at the Bingham Canyon Mine, Salt Lake County, Utah, when a coyote entered through an open door and attacked her. She managed to escape and call for backup, but not before she received defensive wounds to her forearm. The coyote was shot by a policeman and the victim was taken to the hospital for stitches. Results of rabies tests were not available at press time.

October 2012, in Malabar, Florida, an 84-year-old woman was attacked by a rabid coyote when she tried to hit to stop it from getting in her chicken coop. She was taken to the hospital by her daughter who shot the coyote.


If you are still not convinced...

January 2013, in Boulder, Colorado, officials were trying to decide what to do about coyotes attacking joggers, bicyclists, and dog walkers on a popular bike path along the Boulder Creek. The jogger who was bitten at first stood her ground and acted aggressively toward the coyote, but then turned and tried to run away, and was then bitten on the ankle.

May, 2013, in Wrentham, Massachusetts, a woman was with her dog at night when it was attacked by a coyote. The woman was bitten on the hand by the coyote while trying to save her dog. The coyote was not caught, so the woman began treatment for possible rabies.

June, 2013, residents of the Rocky Creek subdivision of eastern Wichita, Kansas received an email from the homeowners' association stating that an irrigation worker had been attacked by a coyote near a sidewalk west of a bridge. The email stated that the attack resulted in torn clothing, not skin, but residents were warned to watch the area.

September 2, 2013, at 5:30PM, a man was waxing his car in the driveway of his home northwest of Cumming, Georgia, when he was painfully bitten by a coyote on the back of the left leg just above the knee. He slapped the coyote with a towel, but the coyote kept attacking, but then the man's white German Shepherd came running and body-slammed the coyote. Both animals tumbled and ran off chasing each other. The dog "Charmin" returned without the coyote but with a bite wound to the back right leg. The man was treated for the bite and started a precautionary course of treatment for rabies, but the dog's vaccinations for the disease were current.

Monday, October 14, 2013, at about 5:00AM, on a dark road just outside Niwot, Colorado in Boulder County, three coyotes attacked a 22-year-old man who was walking to work. The attack lasted one or two minutes before the pack retreated. The man concentrated on keeping his balance, wielding his flashlight with one arm and pushing the coyotes with the other, keeping the animals in front of him, protecting his neck and face, and retreating. He landed at least one solid blow with his flashlight to the side of the head of one of the animals. They circled, dodged, and attacked in turn, lunging at his throat, biting, clawing, and landing leaping body-blows. He was treated and released for multiple bleeding cuts and abrasions to the arms, head, face, and neck.[73] Two days later, officials announced the three coyotes had been killed and that none of them were rabid.

November 1, 2013, about 11AM, on a property near a country club on the north end of Mansfield, Ohio, a groundskeeper did not notice a pack of at least three coyotes until one latched onto his arm. The attacking animal was with at least two others. The man knocked the animals off him, escaped on a riding lawnmower, and drove himself to the hospital to have the arm bite wound and claw marks treated and to get precautionary injections. Authorities responded, but the coyotes were not found. Before the attack, the coyotes had been seen "almost every day" on the nearby golf course.

February 10, 2014, in Clement Park, Colorado, a woman was walking her dog in a park when a coyote approaching quickly. She picked up her dog, but the coyote lunged at the pair. The woman kicked the coyote, and it retreated. Before the attack, others had noticed aggressive behavior from coyotes in that park. After the incident, authorities killed five coyotes in the area.

March 14, 2014, a man walking his Yorkshire terrier in an alley behind his house in Yorba Linda, California was jumped on and knocked down by two coyotes, which took the dog and ran off. The man had not seen the coyote when it suddenly jumped on his back.

March 25, 2014, a woman walking her dog on a street in a residential neighborhood of Orangeburg, New York was attacked by a rabid coyote. She used her jacket as a shield and escaped with the help of neighbors. Police shot the coyote in a nearby backyard, EMTs treated her leg and took her to the hospital, and animal control officers collected the body and sent it to a Troopers laboratory in Albany where it tested positive for rabies.

March 31, 2014, in a wooded area of Gibson Township, Pennsylvania, a man was bitten by a coyote while breaking up a fight between it and his dog. He then shot the coyote. The dog was unhurt, and the man began rabies treatments.

May 14, 2014, in a wooded area on the campus of The University of Colorado, Boulder, a man was walking his dog on leash when it was attacked by a coyote. While defending the dog, the man was bitten on the arm. He kicked the coyote and swung a stick at it, and it ran away. Before the attack, the coyote had been following them for some time. After the attack, university authorities had warning signs put up and arranged for experts to study the matter.

May 14, 2014, in Bourne, Massachusetts, a man was attacked by a pack of three coyotes outside his house while defending his 5-year-old boxer. The pair managed to drive the pack away, but not before sustaining bite wounds. Before the attack, coyotes had killed the man's cats and attacked his neighbor's dog. After the attack, the man called animal control officers, who agreed to visit the man's home to discuss the matter the following morning.

September 25, 2014, in Okatie, South Carolina, a person was bitten by a rabid coyote. It was the fourth coyote to test positive for rabies in Beaufort County in the year.

October 4, 2014, about a mile and a half on a bicycle path from the Pleasant Hill Road entrance into Black River Wildlife Management Area a rabid yet apparently healthy coyote launched itself at a cyclist causing him to dismount. During the ensuing fight, which lasted about two or three minutes, he used the bicycle to defend himself and to attack the coyote, which launched approximately eight or nine bite attempts, including open-mouthed leaps at his face. At one moment he had to hold the bicycle and coyote off the ground with the coyote. He finally slammed the bicycle on the paw and the coyote ran off. Before the attack, the man was already tired from riding on the trail. After the attack, he was so tired that he wouldn't have been able to fight much longer, and had difficulty fleeing due to exhaustion, coyote-mangled bicycle tires, and fear not letting him rest. He was not bitten, but began precautionary treatment for rabies because of the coyote's saliva on his skin. Later that day, another park visitor had been approached by the coyote, and another cyclist was bitten on the leg. The next day, they coyote was killed in a fight with a hunter, who was bitten.

October 5, 2014, at 12:55PM, in Black River Wildlife Management Area in Chester, a hunter was bitten by a rabid coyote. The hunter killed the animal before police and Fish and Wildlife officers could arrive. The coyote tested positive for rabies. Two days before the attack, a cyclist had been bitten and another attacked.

October 14, 2014, at about 9PM, while walking on a street in a wooded residential area of Clinton, Connecticut, a 35-year-old man was attacked by a canid, probably a coyote, but possibly a coywolf. The animal leaped up and bit him severely on the face. Before the attack, coyotes had been detected in the area. After the attack, the man was given 14 stitches to the left of his nose, began precautionary rabies treatments, and an appointment to return for evaluation for plastic surgery. The coyote was not found.


More? OK...

November 18, 2014, in Greenland, New Hampshire, a woman walking her retriever was attacked by a coyote in a field behind her house. The coyote was not seen until it charged, biting both. Her husband heard the commotion and drove his truck into the field and tried but failed to drive the animal away with it. He had a gun, but the coyote was too close to the pair to aim at it, so he shot into the air trying but failing to scare it away. The dog was being credited with finally driving the animal off, although the dog was bitten many times. After the attack, the woman and dog were given medical treatment for multiple coyote bites, and both she and her husband started precautionary rabies treatments. Before the attack, coyotes had been often heard, but not often seen in the area.

December 25, 2014, just after 6PM, in Fremont, California, the leg of a man walking his children to his car outside a home was bitten by an unhealthy-looking coyote. The man and the children escaped into the house. The man was treated at the hospital. After the attack, a boy was bitten by the coyote about a block away, but saved by his father, and then a jogger on a nearby street was chased by the coyote which ran away when kicked, and police arrived, shot the coyote, and sent the body to be tested for rabies.

January 5, 2015, in Groveland, Massachusetts two men were attacked outside their houses. One of them had his four-year-old daughter with him.

January 20, 2015, in a residential area of Kensington, San Diego, California a woman was attacked while jogging. While trying to run away, she was bitten on the leg. She then stopped and shouted and acted threateningly toward the animal, and it eventually ran off. After the attack, the bite wound was treated at the hospital and she began precautionary rabies treatments, the authorities stated the animal was a threat and were planning to remove it from the neighborhood.

April 6, 2015, a man was bitten on the calf by a coyote on the three-acre property outside his home in Saddle River, New Jersey. Earlier, the coyote had attacked a Labrador Retriever and left seven dead pups in the area. Initially, the man scared off the coyote, but when his back was turned, it bit him from behind. Authorities tracked and killed the animal, which tested positive for rabies.

July 11, 2016, a rabid coyote bit a person at Leita Thompson Memorial Park in Roswell.

July 27, 2016, a coyote bit a fifty-three-year-old man in Manchester, New Jersey's Pow Mia Memorial Park. The man was taken to Ocean Medical Center in Brick, where doctors stitched up his wounds.

August 7, 2016, a woman was bitten by a coyote while walking her dog outside the Cowesett Hills apartment complex in Warwick, Rhode Island.

August 8, 2016, a rabid coyote bit a man who was walking in the woods with his two daughters in Lincoln, Pennsylvania.

October 2, 2016, a coyote bit two women and a domesticated dog in Wolcott, New York.

November 30, 2016, two neighborhood residents, a dog, and a trapper were bitten by a possibly rabid coyote in Ossining, New York.

January 11, 2017, a possibly rabid coyote bit a sixty-six-year-old man who walked with two other adults and their domestic dogs along the Columbia Trail in Long Valley, New Jersey. The man, who was bit on the buttocks and calf, fended it with a stick and police officers subsequently euthanized the animal.

February 27, 2017, a rabid coyote bit a man while jogging in Roswell, Georgia. While a neighbor called for the emergency number, the man pinned the animal to the ground for twenty minutes until paramedics came to his aid. He went to hospital for rabies treatment.

February 10, 2010 in Saint-Charles, New Brunswick, a woman brought her puppy on leash outside in the middle of the night to relieve himself, when a coyote suddenly appeared and made for the dog. The woman tossed the puppy about ten feet away to save it, and the coyote turned on her. The pair fought for more than ten minutes until the woman managed to land a left hook to the jaw, and the animal finally ran off. The woman was not seriously injured, although she needed a bandage on the knuckles of her left hand and a tetanus shot.

September, 2012, in Kamloops, British Columbia, a man on a bicycle was attacked by a coyote and forced to stop and fend it off. He used his bicycle to defend himself and stood his ground and behaved aggressively and the coyote soon ran off.

May 21, 2013, in Kamloops, British Columbia, a coyote attacked a camper in a sleeping bag, but he was not in a tent. The man drove himself to the hospital to get his wounds stitched. The coyote was described as somewhat large and healthy-looking. Conservation began hunting for the coyote.

December 11, 2013, in Summerland, British Columbia, a pack of three coyotes surrounded and attacked a woman walking her friend's Labradoodle. Although her heavy winter coat took most of the damage, she suffered defensive wounds to the left hand. As a result of this attack, authorities began a cull of area coyotes.

January 20, 2014, in Markham, Ontario, two women were bitten by wild canids. Coyotes were suspected.

June 23, 2014, at about 4:00PM, in a residential area Thornhill, Ontario, two women were attacked by two wild canids, thought to be coyotes, coywolves, orcoydogs, or lupine feral dogs, biting one of them on the leg and the other on the hip. Both were treated for injuries and began preventive treatment for rabies. Earlier that day, in a nearby area, the same two coyotes had tried to attack at least three other people who escaped into their houses and called police, who arrived and shot at the animals, driving them off while perhaps wounding one of them. At last report, the animals had not been caught, and officials had cancelled city-run outdoor activities and were advising residents to be careful when venturing outdoors, especially with children or domesticated animals.

Saturday, July 19, 2014, at about 4:00pm, outside her home in Gravenhurst, Ontario, a woman was exercising her two American Bulldogs when the female dog, which had a neurological disorder, was attacked by an eastern coyote. The woman then attacked the wild dog but it fought her off and returned to attack the dog three times. Then, the male dog managed to slip its collar and chase off the coyote. The woman suffered multiple tooth drags and scratches. After the attack, the doctor ordered the woman to begin a series of painful rabies treatments, and had difficulty determining which authority or authorities to properly file a report to, and the neighbors began carrying clubs when outdoors. Before the attack, the wild animal had been following them for a short ti


Jog my feeble memory...

How many acts of domestic violence were committed in the geographical area referenced in the proceeding copy and paste snippets? Just last month?

I have never been tagged by a wild animal. I have lost clothing and some skin to a domestic pet however. That want pleasant, but didn't require shooting the animal either . Stuff Happens.

logical mind

What is the difference between a coyote and a Marine? Coyotes don't kill civilians.

No coyote has killed anyone. No coyote has solicited for rape. No coyote has every dropped a woman they killed in a mine shaft. No coyote has ever driven drunk and collided head on.

If killing a population when a proportion of their number are a threat to our community, it would be open season on Marines. Marines have caused so many deaths and mayhem in our community.

Going after the coyotes shows that the Marines are cowards. The Marines should police their members so they stop killing locals.

Andrew Urdiales, serial murder, Julie McGhee (deceased), July 1988; Mary Ann Wells (deceased), September 1988; Tammy Erwin (deceased), April 1989. He murdered other women when he was stationed elsewhere and after his discharge.

Valentine Underwood, murder and rape, 15-year-old Mandi Scott (deceased) and 20-year-old Rosalie Ortega (deceased), July, 1991.

Charles Leppan, murder, 33-year-old Jean Leppan (deceased), May 2004.

Brian Bugayong (deceased), collided head-on, 31-year-old Jeffrey Buchanan and 57-year-old Glenn Hoenig traumatized, November 2007.

unnamed Marine, suicide by gunshot, first responders and girlfriend traumatized, May 2009.

Charles Hutchinson II (deceased), driving fatigued, 21-year-old Brian Jacob Adams (deceased) and William Hersha (injured), December 2009.

Jebediah James Stipe, solicitation for rape, unnamed woman raped, December 2009.

Patrick Poteat, murder, 19-year-old Kalyn O’Barr-Poteat (deceased), January 2010.

Joshua Kruzik, murder, 18-month-old Audrey Allen (deceased), November 2010.

Christian Mogrovejo (deceased) and Jeffrey Kendall (deceased), incinerated during street racing, August 2011.

Jayme Gibbs, attempted murder, sexual penetration by force, false imprisonment, unnamed 23-year-old door-to-door saleswoman, December 2011.

Andrew Dufresne, collided head-on, 67-year-old Louis Castellucci (deceased), December 2011.

Daniel Rodriguez and Christopher Hardesty, knife fight at Denny’s, July 2012.

Bobby Hanesana, collided head-on, 45-year-old David Quinton Faryewicz (deceased), April 2011.

Todd Allen Lorell (deceased), collided head-on, 50-year-old truck driver (deceased), August 2012.

Cesar Bidorosa, reckless driving, 20-year-old Sharina Colter and 21-year-old Henry Prado and three other people injured, March 2013.

Zachary Kevan Brendemuhl, murder, unnamed 5-month-old son (deceased), April 2013.

Amelia Miller (deceased), collided head-on, Niccole Holly (deceased), June 2013.

Allan DeVillena (deceased), drunken driving, PSPD officers, August 2013.

Brock Myers, murder, 26-year-old Steven Kohus (deceased), March 2014.

Elmer VanHoorebeke Jr., collided head-on, 62-year-old Patricia Root (deceased), April 2014.

Christopher Lee, murder, 19-year-old Erin Corwin (deceased), November 2014.

John Rafeal Jeter, assault, unnamed 5 1/2-month-old baby left comatose, November 2014.

Terri Marie Brooks (deceased), failed to cede right-of-way, her three children hurt, truck driver, 54-year-old Kelly Diaz traumatized, January 2015.

Mariah Natividad, drunk driving and manslaughter, 80-year-old Lonnie Tiner (deceased) and 76-year-old Patricia Tiner (deceased), May 2015.

Kaylee Ledford, murder, 3-month-old son (deceased), September 2015.

Armando Espinosa, felony child assault, 5-month-old son, November 2015.

I know there are many I missed.

logical mind

What is the difference between a coyote and a Marine?

No coyote has ever killed a child.

Crotalus atrox

Wonderful Life wrote:

"I find it difficult to imagine that there an "unnaturally inflated" number of coyotes when we can look around the desert and see that the number of Quail, Rabbits and other wildlife appears to be much less than say 10 years ago. Where are all the Quail families that use to be seen in great numbers? These animals helped feed the coyote population. Therefore I would guess that there are LESS coyotes today than 10 years ago."

This statement is completely hypocritical.

I have lived in Flamingo Heights for over 20 years. I frequently take my Jeep back into the Hondo wash/New Dixie Mine BLM area. Yes, the quail and desert tortoise are definitely declining, while I can assure you the coyote population is exploding in the populated areas and back there.

Unless someone lives under a rock, they would know the coyote population all over SoCal is exploding, even in cities they were unheard of 10 years ago, like Irvine, Costa Mesa, and probably every town, urban and rural.

So get over it coyote huggers.

And to compare them to hunan scum has nothing to do with this discussion.


logical mind

Oh, yeah, I forgot to add the two women shot and murdered by a MCAGCC Marine last week. Was he on the coyote killing squad?

Demonstrating Marine Corps)e) values he shot the mom and grandma while a 10-year-old was in the house. The paper says the child was "unharmed." How does a child experience that without harm?

Crotalus atrox

And the coyotes are getting thinner and thinner, poor moms can't properly feed their pups. Talk about suffering.

Sometimes thinning the herd is necessary to maintain a healthy balance.

But it's hard to convince a narrow minded, illogical person this truth.



I think the sheer magnetite of reports describing attacks, particularly on children and pets, by coyotes justifies the concern many of us have about coyotes freely roaming about our neighborhoods and our yards.

Disease is another concern I think we all should have. Coyotes can carry a host of communicable illnesses and parasites that are readily transferable to our pets (some to people as well) mange, lyme disease, heart worm, hepatitis, rabies, tularemia, distemper and parvo to name a few.

This is an excerpt from a Hi-Desert Star article published less than 5 months ago,

“…An outbreak of parvovirus is spreading through parts of the country, putting Morongo Basin pets at risk.

“In my career of 17 years here, this has been the worst I’ve seen,” Jenny Wagner, registered veterinary technician at Companion Animal Clinic in Yucca Valley, said Friday.

“We’re aware of at least 30 cases in the Basin,” Wagner said. Some of those dogs did not survive.

Parvo is an aggressive virus that attacks a dog’s immune system, allowing it to then lay waste to the digestive tract. Puppies are especially vulnerable, but even older dogs can be infected if they are not vaccinated, Wagner said.

According to the Veterinary Information Network, a source recommended by Wagner, a strain of the virus discovered in 2000 can also infect cats…”

The article went on to say “…Parvo is a particularly hardy virus that can live outside of a host for several months….”

So it can live outside the host, in excrement, for several months. That’s not good. If your dog wouldn’t intentionally sniff and lick old coyote scat you need to give it back because it ain’t a dog! And you and the kids could unwittingly transmit the disease to your pets simply by walking through urine or vomit that is no longer visible and bringing it home on your smelly old feet. Pups can be infected in utero too.

Could an over abundance of coyotes, interacting too closely with human activity, be partly to blame for the present parvo outbreak in our dogs? I don’t know that, but since coyotes aren’t vaccinated I would be concern about them carrying this devastating disease from town back to their wilder cousins whenever they go and visit. Seems to me that could start an epidemic that would require Devine intervention to stop.

logical mind

The savage beasts are the ones with the guns.


I've seen the problem first hand. As much as the public works people strive to keep the trash picked up on base, they empty all of the dumpsters every Mon, Wed, Fri AM, I'm seeing our little four legged friends prowling around the barracks areas after dark while I'm at work. Our housing areas, and they are extensive, have the same problem, as well as the ball fields, and activity areas. When the sightings start to get out of hand, thinning the population is the correct answer. That's the same logic that my home state uses to control deer and bear populations. I've lived here since 1980. In town how many puppies, cats, small dogs, have fallen to these after-dark hunters? We haven't seen a rabies outbreaks yet, but with overpopulation that is likely to happen. This is just an on-base situation. If you head out to Wonder Valley, Landers and Johnson Valley, I'm sure our local NRA enthusiasts have their own way of dealing with these little four-legged critters as well as an occasional irritating neighbor.

logical mind

Mike Mather, In Wonder Valley the problem is the huge aggressive dogs the Marines turn loose when they deploy. They have bitten and attacked many people out here. Maybe the Marines should go on a dog shoot.

logical mind

Mr. Mather, why in the name of anything good (you know what good means, don't you) would you normalize the shooting of neighbors? That seems like a follow up for the Sheriff.

logical mind

Now you are showing us that the Marine Corpse took the easy way out. Instead of disciplining the slobby, filthy troops they kill the innocent victims. Because the people on Base are slobs and live like pigs, the Marines need to kill coyotes.

This is consistent with the Marine Corps I know.

I guess you can't make slobs into anything better, they seem to be happy living in squalor since they continue to live like pigs. It seems reasonable that these lost souls find their way to the Marines. They can't function outside of that peculiar set up - the Home for Lost Souls, the Marine Corps(e).

But let's not kill coyotes on account of these damaged humans.


Aw! You know perfectly well why I normalize the shooting of neighbors "logical mind."
Because it happens. And because you insist on bad-mouthing the military, "Marine Corpes", "people on base are slobs and pigs". I can tell you don't get on base very much, and more truthfully probably not at all. It's actually a very clean base. Most of these kids come from good homes all across America. Some have families, some go to church, most vote Republican just like out in town, stay in excellent physical condition, and since the Gulf War I have watched them come home with more than a scratch or two. Amputations, artificial elbows, gunshot wounds, etc. Some came home in a box. There's no draft any more. They all came in as volunteers. Kind of says something about their character, doesn't it. Read up on wildlife management a little bit. You'll find that the environmentalists on base (not Marines) are following strict guidelines to fix the problem. I kind of grew up with an understanding of the outdoors and America's goals to preserve it. Stephen Tyng Mather, a cousin, look him up. Graduated at Berkeley, lifetime Sierra Club member, and first director of the National Park Service. He literally wrote the book defining National Parks, National Monuments, etc. and founded the first thirteen parks. You have a nice evening and be nice to your neighbors.

logical mind

Who knew that so many who advocate for stopping beating hearts with a gun are as fragile as buttercups and can be triggered to lash out by so many things.

While they may support the troops and may love the idea of stopping beating hearts, they are terrified of freedom of speech for others.


I usually keep my trap shut on issues like this, but....
...and I do respect your on topic stance.
However.... the topic doesn't give any validity to the rest of your personalized rhetoric.... Why hate the ones who so physically represent our country? Your off topic rhetoric is parallel to burning our flag. So un-patriotic.
All those hateful claims you make have nothing to do with the original article.
Think of it this way.... let's say I won't put gas in my car because I hate where, how, and why it came from. Or let's say I won't buy from Walmart because when they first came on the market it was all about "we are all about made in USA..." and now they are so much farther from anything we stand for...etc....
But I will bet my bottom dollar that you put gas in your car, buy from Walmart, and you are grateful for having the freedom to speak your mind.
I'd be ashamed at myself if I took so much hateful words towards the ones who physically fight for or rights to do so. I find it hard to imagine that one such as your self exploiting our right to speak publicly could oversee the positive in a not so perfect place... that when a few that do ill would taint the whole batch in your statements.
So let me ask you put it in perspective. It's the school classroom. An idiot or two screw up and the whole class gets busted for it. So do we spew hateful rhetoric towards the whole class? Or the INDIVIDUAL(s) that got us here? Or better yet.... Do you think it's possible that most of that classroom has wonderful students? Or do you group them together for for the wrong reasons?
I personally hate it when people use the words "never and always" to taint an argument. I will listen so much more intently with the utmost respect when one says "on occasion" rather than exaggerating, elaborating, persuading, conspire the truth of the matter. In other words... stay on topic! Leave the other stuff out to make your point. You will speak with much more credibility than ever imagined.
By all means... exercise your right to speak openly. Just keep it on topic with an educated state of mind. Hate isn't educating, it's offensive!


The Marines have not fought a war for freedom for anything but corporations in years. They support corporate contractors who have sent their troops on killing sprees in market places. The Marines support the petrolium industries all of which stand in direct opposition to the health of this planet. No, the Marines are not protecting our freedom, they protect only corporate interests.


So Parker gets to call Logical Mind unpatriotic? How is that within guidelines?


Hey Branson, you could be on to something there.

Looks like logical mind had to leave this world but promptly returned as a chinese5spot.


At least the folks at the base didn't resort to using cyanide emitters like the USDA did in Idaho to reduce the coyote population. The use was stopped after a boy and his dog came across a cyanide bomb on BLM land outside Pocatello. The boy's golden died a horrible death, and the boy survived after a lengthy hospital stay. This happened in mid-March, the government ordered a halt to cyanide use until further study.

The guys that volunteered to shot healthy coyotes need to look at hunting wild boar with a compound bow. Now that's a rush. Taking a sidearm is advised, preferably a revolver, a jam might prove fatal.


Wild boars simply are not a problem here in the Morongo Basin. If they were I am sure someone would complain that they were being targeted by inhumane humans. No matter what is done to reduce problematic wildlife it will be considered wrong by some.


You're telling me there's a coyote problem when 26 lottery winners bag seven animals in six regions of the base? Sounds like another PR issue at the base. Funny thing about coyotes, the more you kill, just ups their reproduction rate.

The big game hunters at the base can hunt wild pigs in Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern Counties. I have no problem with the eradication of diseased or overly aggressive coyotes, but the lottery idea was silly and had little impact.

Branson Hunter

My neighbor who lives close to the base informs me they are killing those animals OFF BASE. He came across one with a head shot kill on BLM lands where he lives -- very close to base.

Think I posted I have seen and talked to Marines that hunt off base in restricted BLM hunted areas.


Everyday is coyote season in California. Info on coyote hunting can be found at, along with a video of three maroons living out their big game hunting fantasy in the Central Valley. It use to take some talent to call in game,now you can just push a button. At least the Marine achieved a head shot, the guy in the silly video gut-shot the animal, while even using a scope.

Look on the bright side, at least they aren't shooting coyotes from helicopters...yet.

Branson Hunter

The one thing that stands out in our culture is this: To solve any problem we think all we have to do is just kill it. This is why we are a nation in perpetual wars. We have no problem killing anything. This is why the world is so upside down: We haven't yet reached the level of humanity.

I don't plan on coming back to this beautiful planet.


How wonderful! Live practice for killing something innocent!

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