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Letter: Coyote attacks becoming more bold

To the editor:

On Dec. 2, a friend of mine was in my backyard around 3 p.m. with her sheltie and my Westie, playing ball and having a wonderful time in the snow.

It only took a moment and a coyote had latched onto my 19-pound Westie and was dragging him out onto the golf course!

Luckily Winston managed to break free and ran back to the house. If it was not for Winston’s strength and my friend’s screams, my Winnie would be gone!

Winston is at Rose Valley Vet Clinic, where his vet, Dr. Oz, has done surgery on him to repair the tissue damage from the coyote bites and then he will be on mega doses of penicillin to ward off any infection.

We were lucky this time.

When will the District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nations and Regional District of the Central Okanagan realize this is an out of control coyote population that is becoming increasingly aggressive? To walk into a fenced back yard, just a few yards from a human and dog, and attack a second dog—is this something that we should continue to ignore and not demand something be done about?

How much of a threat must this become and what will the attack be next time—a small child?

Cynthia Jarvis,

West Kelowna


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