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The local news is reporting that up in South Windsor, CT, a pack of coyotes attacked and killed a family pet/service animal. They recommend that if you see a coyote, you should get the pets and kids inside, and make a loud noise to scare it off.
I agree with the latter; in fact, I think that the best noise for the purpose is the report of a heavy hunting rifle. Whilst this may not be practical politics in a suburban area like this one (or South Windsor, for that matter), it is likely to make a deep impression on the coyote -- hopefully, an impression that extends from one side to the other.
Coyotes are highly intelligent animals. They just need to be reminded occasionally that, as Terry Pratchett put it, human meat has sharp edges.
John "Akatsukami" Braue Wednesday, July 17, 2002