Target: Charles S. Dean, Sr. Florida Senator and Chair of the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Goal: Use humane trapping methods to catch coyotes and release them into the wild instead of using snare traps that cause them to suffer and die.
Coyotes are inhumanely trapped and killed every day in Florida, even though they are a great asset to the Florida environment. We need to take action to better ensure these animals will be protected in the future.
While many people consider coyotes to be pests, they are extremely helpful to Florida’s various ecosystems. They keep the rodent population down since rats and mice are their main source of food. Because they help other animals survive by eating various predators, coyotes are known as a keystone species. For instance, they also eat other small predators that eat the eggs of important bird populations and–in turn–better ensure those bird species thrive. Without their presence, balance in the food chain could not be properly maintained and many ecosystems would suffer.
Unfortunately, it is legal to catch coyotes year round in several Florida counties. Snare traps are sometimes used and coyotes oftentimes suffer and bleed for hours before they die. Even when humane traps are utilized, the law requires that the animals be killed after they are caught.
There are things people can do to ensure coyotes are not a nuisance. Keeping pet food and animals inside and walking dogs in the daytime when coyotes are not active better ensures that people and coyotes can successfully share the same environment.
Support the safe trapping and release of these beautiful animals, as well as providing Florida citizens with conservation education pertaining to coyotes. The more coyotes that we kill, the more quickly other pertinent animal species will also die off.
Dear Senator Dean,
Several coyotes are trapped and killed in Florida each year. It is important that these animals be humanely trapped and released in order to better ensure they and other animals remain unharmed.
Although coyotes are considered by some people to be pests, they play an important role in helping Florida’s ecosystems to thrive. Since they eat mice and rats, they keep the rodent population low. They also help other animals survive because they are a keystone species. In fact, as a keystone species they kill off other predators besides rodents that would otherwise kill many important animals in the Florida environment.
If Florida citizens were encouraged to make small changes, both coyotes and people would be better able to survive peacefully in the same environment. Such changes could include keeping pets and pet food inside, keeping dogs on leashes and walking dogs during the day when coyotes are not active.
I therefore encourage you to support the humane trapping and safe release of these animals over using snare traps that only serve to ensure coyotes will suffer and to further encourage that conservation programs be set in place to teach people how they can harmoniously live in the same environment with these animals. Many other animals that are essential to Florida’s environment will also die off if coyotes are mercilessly killed.
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Photo Credit: Chris Sansenbach