North Valley residents feeding coyotes

Created: 08/08/2014 5:57 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Would you call coyotes cute? Maybe. Maybe not. But some people in the North Valley think they are, and that’s a big reason why they’re starting to feed them.

“It was kind of appalling at first to hear, you know. How can you think that that’s okay to feed a wild animal?” said Rebecca Uthe, who lives in the North Valley.

Rebecca Uthe said coyotes have been looking pretty healthy lately, and it’s not just their appearance that’s changed but also their demeanor. “You expect it to run off but when it doesn’t and it looks at you, it’s a very fearful feeling,” added Uthe.

“It came circling around, kind of like I was maybe in its way or maybe I had something for it. I kind of got the impression that it wanted me to feed it,” said Dale Holman, who also lives in the North Valley.

As for the food they’re supposedly being fed – not scraps.

“Grilled chicken breasts thrown all over outside this den, and corn on the cob,” said Judy Paulsen with Project Coyote.

Paulsen has been dealing with coyote feeders for quite some time.

“They’re getting more and more habituated because there are people that are feeding them,” added Paulsen.

She adds that it’s dangerous too; not only for whoever is doing it but also for the coyotes.

“If they lose their ability to hunt, which helps them survive, then they may not be able to survive a tough winter,” said Holman.

That’s the main reason Uthe plans on reaching out to the city to see if signs can be put up, reminding people not to feed the coyotes.

“Knowing that they’re leaving out food and just wanting them to come by it, it’s dangerous,” added Uthe. 

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