The Eugene Register Guard has reported that a coyote is hanging around their building.
They go on to say that he’s probably feeding on nutria in the area. Nutria? We had to look that one up. According to Nutria.com, they’re rodents smaller than beavers, but larger than muskrats.
They also mention that unless he bothers humans, Wildlife services won’t be doing anything with him. But should Eugene residents be worried? There’s only one known human killing by coyote:
The only known human killing by a coyote in the United States was a 3-year-old girl who was mauled in Glendale, Calif., in 1981, according to a 2009 Oregonian story and several other news accounts. But in recent days, several news reports across the country have documented encounters between people and coyotes.
This story definitely got people talking:
The Guard’s account of attacks on children is inadequate. A coyote killing a 3 yr old child is hardly considered to be a “mauling” What a stupid thing for this reporter to say. There have been several very serious mauling of young children just in California in the past 20 years. Most of them were little girls between the ages of 3 and 5…
Good luck trying to use reason and facts when dealing with fear mongering coyote haters. They only respond to hysteria, paranoia and hatred.
Coyote Population in Oregon
Hunting Coyotes in Oregon
Back in 2011, OregonLive.com reported that Oregon ranked #4 for killing predators. Mostly because of ranchers losing their livestock to coyote kills:
Predator attacks cost Oregon livestock producers 7,700 sheep and 3,800 cattle in 2010, according to the Wildlife Services website.
But groups like Wild Earth Guardians are fighting back hard. In their 2012 ebook, “The Deadliest Dozen Counties In The American West“, they say that Oregon’s Malheur County was one of those counties. The only Oregon county mentioned actually.
As you can see in their chart above, between 1998 to 2008, Oregon wildlife services have killed over 54,000 coyotes in the state.
Let’s throw it over to you guys. What’s your thoughts on Coyotes in Oregon? Let us know in the comments below!