How should we deal with problem coyotes? Should we allow them to be trapped and killed? Or should we modify our behaviors and actions so that coyotes don’t become a problem in the first place?
One of these solutions is temporary (and may in fact make the problems worse). The other is long-lasting. Seems like a simple choice.
Many communities throughout the United States are also dealing humanely and effectively with conflicts with coyotes. We can apply the lessons that these communities have learned to our own situation.
We should never feed coyotes, intentionally or otherwise. Leftover bird seed, pet food, and other food left outside must smell and look like a feast to wandering coyotes. Don’t leave the table set for these animals; they are perfectly capable of foraging for wild food on their own (and, by the way, they’re doing us a service by eating rodents and other pests).
It is essential to keep a close eye on our pets and loved ones. I can’t imagine the tragedy of having my own dog attacked, or worse, by a coyote. Because of that concern, I walk my dog on a leash, supervise outdoor time, and watch what’s going on in my yard.
We can learn how to properly scare away coyotes who might be lingering a little bit too close to the places where we live. I’d like to learn from professionals about how to do this properly, so maybe we can invite some folks to teach us how to do this?
To the Editor:
In light of the catastrophic and unprecedented events that have befallen our fellow citizens of Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas we are obliged to issue a heartfelt call to all Americans of all faiths and traditions, to recite prayers on behalf of those affected by beseeching our Creator on their behalf.
We also call upon every individual to contribute Tzedakah (Charity) to the funds established to help ameliorate the suffering and deprivation of the tens of thousands who have lost their homes and earthly possessions.
As people of faith we are duty-bound to step forth with alacrity, each person contributing according to their ability, to help our fellow man at a time that we so desperately are in need of Divine assistance and favor.
The power of prayer together with good deeds will assure that we find grace and mercy before our Creator that He will grant us success to aid and comfort, protect and shelter the millions of people affected — the young and the elderly the sick and the infirm — who are currently displaced by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting rainfall and flooding of biblical proportions.
Together, we will obtain the mercies of our Father in Heaven to bring about the much-needed relief and reprieve to the people of the greater Houston area.
On behalf of the 950-member Rabbis of the RAA serving in communities throughout the United States we acknowledge our government officials, first responders, National Guard and the thousands of citizen volunteers reaching out to help in the rescue of the flood victims.
May G-d bless you and keep you safe.
Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht
Editor’s note: Rabbi Hecht of Beth Israel Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk submitted this in his role as Presidium Chairman of Rabbinical Alliance of America.