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Coyote Abatement on Crooked River Ranch

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We have chosen to live in a rural community for many reasons, one being our love for animals both domestic and wild. We ALL enjoy seeing the wild animals in their natural habitat and realize that they are constantly in the survival mode. Crooked River Ranch Oregon is a community. It is a neighborhood, with an association, activities, families, children and elderly, with a common bond. We all love our community, the outdoors, nature, wildlife AND our domestic pets/livestock.

At Crooked River Ranch, we have been experiencing an escalating number of attacks and sightings (both observed and suspected) of coyote presence. We have first hand evidence of coyotes; attacking domestic pets, stalking humans and horses, chasing down and killing domestic pets (frequently in their own yard), killing chickens and cats, digging under wire enclosures (and not backing down when a human was present), scaling 6 ft fences and more...both in darkness and daylight. These animals are fearless (this is escalating), have no natural predators and multiply many times a year on our Ranch. We have NO protection, we are not allowed to discharge a weapon, many don't have a weapon, as well as now fear for our own safety. We are becoming frightened that a small child or a frail elderly resident may be the next target. There is a point where we can no longer allow coyotes to regard our properties and animals as their "natural" habitat. A peninsula with rivers on 2 sides the coyotes never have to wonder far for their next meal or drink of water. We moved here to enjoy the rural, natural habitat not to be fearful of stepping foot onto our own property. Help is required before a person is attacked or possibly shot by someone protecting their pets/livestock.

We are requesting immediate attention to this situation from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are requesting humane removal of these predators as quickly as possible

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