To quote Marlon Brando from the end of Apocolypse Now, “The horror, the horror.”
The horror of which we speak is the outrage of coyotes eating pets in Carmel.
Yes! Sound the alarm, raise a hue and cry because mangy members of the wildlife community are snatching up pets for dinner! Please note the sarcasm oozing from the edges of our keyboard.
Perhaps we’re being too hard on the poor pet owners but according to this story on Indianapolis television station WTHR, the owners are outraged that their pooch was purloined and that no one will do anything about it. “Unacceptable” is the word they used.
What they have deemed unacceptable is that wildlife officials and local law enforcement won’t do anything to solve their problem. Essentially they were told, “The coyote was doing what coyotes do.”
Well; Yes, Virginia, welcome to the great circle of life.
While we commiserate with the pet owners who witnessed what was undoubtedly a gruesome attack, the fact remains that wild animals sometimes kill and eat other animals, including our precious pug or cantankerous house cat.
After all, though I am unsure where the victims live, most of Carmel was a farm field even in our limited memory. Odds are that the coyotes were plying their trade long before suburbanites invaded their territory with basketball goals, crabgrass killer and small, delicious pets.
Of course the trite concern of “What about the children?!!?” was raised.
In case anyone in Carmel happens to read this posting, let me assure you that your own dog poses far more danger to your toddler than coyotes. This is based upon the the statistics that show approximately three million children are bitten by dogs every year, in the 1990’s about 300 people were killed by domestic dogs while according to one author, there have only been about 30 coyote attacks on people in recorded history.
We were fortunate, several years ago, to live outside of the city limits when a large male coyote/dog mix began stalking our new English setter puppy in the backyard in broad daylight. On the third day, he recieved a single large-caliber rifle bullet for his trouble.
That too is part of the circle of life.
It’s not “Disneyfied” but that’s how real life works.
Family pet killed by coyote in Carmel neighborhood – 13 WTHR.
photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service