Dougherty Arts Center
"...I decided to watch the Wranglers vs. Central Valley Coyotes game, which was in Fresno, Calif., at Third Base, a bar in Austin, because there are typically Wranglers fans in abundance..."
"...At a recent meeting of the Allandale Neighborhood Association to discuss the presence of coyotes, a frisson of fear ran through the room when someone asked what would happen if one showed up at a school. Naturally, residents are concerned about children's safety..."
"...But while killing is the main component of the plan the biologist will place leg traps on public land, and euthanize trapped coyotes officials insist it isn't the goal. "We have no hope or goal to eradicate the coyote population," said Travis Co..."
"...The morning debate concerned what seemed to be a minor, $10,000 proposed contract between the Animal Services Department and the Texas Wildlife Services for potential assistance in controlling coyotes, an occasional nuisance in northwestern suburbs. Department heads normally have full discretion for contracts $50,000 or less, so it was a puzzle that this one even landed on Council’s agenda..."
"...Dear Editor, While I applaud Travis County for recognizing that the coyote "problem" is best solved by behavior modification for coyotes and humans, their proposed plan falls short of their stated objective. Contrary to the opinion of the Travis County extension director, leghold traps do little or nothing to reinstill fear of humans in a local coyote population..."
"...Content to surf on hills and throw barn parties, Otis shrugs off his destiny along with his father's patient lectures about responsibility. But rebellious children take heed: Otis' father dies at the hands of murderous coyotes soon after his son ignores the elder cow's wisdom and goes off to party..."
"...It's also a lot of fun in that MTV way that made The Real World -- an ongoing soap opera about a revolving quintet of strangers -- such a long-running hit. Van Der Beek of Dawson's Creek, now with added musculature and raven locks, plays John Moxon, a second-string quarterback for the high school football team, the West Canaan Coyotes..."
"...Meanwhile, screenwriter Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) shapes an intrigue thriller with a buddy element from Peter Landesman’s hotly contested slavery exposé, “The Girls Next Door,” published in 2004 in The New York Times Magazine. Thirteen-year-old Adriana (Gaitan) gets grabbed off her new pink bicycle by thugs and enters “the tunnel,” a network of pimps, border coyotes, dirty cops, and Russian gangsters that leads to the very heart of America – tidy suburban homes where Internet pedophiles discreetly exchange thousands of dollars for boys and girls..."
"...Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services, which originated as the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1915 to kill predators for the livestock industry. Once wide-scale poisoning and trapping led to the collapse of wolf populations, the Bureau's focus turned to coyotes, with Texas congressman and ag industry champion James Paul Buchanan asking it to "wipe them out" in five years..."
"...Coyotes Are Here to Stay..."
"...God, that sucked."Coyote, Coyote, Burning Bright Meanwhile, across the border in Shreveport, Louisiana, Russell had started the band that would lead him to Texas and to Smith. A new club called the Killer Poodle offered a stage for local bands who were following avenues outside of country or SRV, which is precisely where the Picket Line Coyotes were headed..."
"...The club was the only place in the city that was hosting live music at the time, especially the kind that interested a growing alternative rock audience. Bernard's band, Iraz Baz, had a regular Monday night slot, and the Picket Line Coyotes, led by Kevin Russell, played every Tuesday night..."
"...Some research shows, however, that lethal removal of predators actually can increase predation. In 2014, Wildlife Services killed hundreds of bobcats, wolves, cougars, more than a thousand foxes, and tens of thousands of coyotes – and it's known for being secretive with its processes and procedures...."
"...TWS, whose employee did not work exclusively within the county, likewise provided education, and also killed beavers, ducks, foxes, and feral pigs, as well as coyotes seen as threatening to humans, pets, and livestock. Using looser behavior metrics than the city, TWS trapped, snared, poisoned, and shot an average of 57 coyotes in Travis County each year...."
"...Travis County Commissioners had anticipated voting Tuesday on whether to renew an annual contract with the controversial Texas Wildlife Services for managing nuisance wildlife outside Austin's city limits, but instead opted for a temporary 90-day extension so that the city, which ended its agreement with TWS last year, can submit an alternative proposal for providing countywide services that address wild animals, particularly coyotes. Members of the Animal Advisory Commission believe the city's program to be more humane, effective, and transparent than the methods employed by TWS, while the state branch of this federal agency touted its own accountability and success handling coyotes and other animals that may harm livestock, pets, and private businesses..."
"...• Finally adopted a "coyote conflict management strategy," that would emphasize discouraging interactions between coyotes, people, and domestic animals and de-emphasize trapping and extermination. We're waiting to hear from the coyotes...."
"...(He acknowledged that this is not official TP&W policy.) The Wildflower Center uses traps, and also benefits from the circle-of-life method of cat control. "We also have coyotes," said Venhaus..."
"...Dear Editor, Along with wildlife advocates across the country, I’m cheering Travis County’s recent decision to stop contracting with Texas Wildlife Services [“County Kills Coyote Contract,” News, Dec. 8]. That wildlife-killing program is responsible for the cruel deaths of more than 435,000 bobcats, foxes, coyotes, beavers, and other native animals in Texas just last year. These animals suffer and die by painful leg-hold traps, strangulation snares, and indiscriminate poisons..."