Letters to the editor: Coyotes important part of ecosystem

I was sadly disappointed in the article “Coyote: Ugly” by Ryn Gargulinski, which ran in Sunday’s paper.

I found the article to be one-sided. It appears to be written from a rancher/farmer’s view with no consideration of the impact coyotes have on the environment.

Modern farming and ranching has become about numbers and profit, with little thought to protecting ecosystems.

It is true that coyotes have been observed killing livestock. Maybe that’s because we live in their back yards. Just because a man puts up a fence does not necessarily mean he controls the land.

What ever happened to the concept of protecting herds through manpower or guard animals?

While the coyote may kill the occasional calf, its diet consists mainly of mice, rabbits, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, snakes, insects, fruits and berries. Coyotes help balance the ecosystem. Not only do they keep the rodent population in check, but by killing smaller predators, such as fox and cat, they help preserve populations of native songbirds. Coyotes help keep deer populations healthy by taking out the old and sick. The coyote is an invaluable part of our western environment.

This idea of eradicating the coyote is folly. The coyote, when undisturbed, will regulate its population based on the food supply. When humans interfere, the population reacts by increasing the number of breeding females. Other coyotes from neighboring areas will also move in and fill the void.

The solution to the coyote problem is not eradication, but co-existence.

Gail Sharpe
Clovis

Drivers, not busy intersections are problem
I attended a meeting of the public works committee at city hall on Wednesday because I had heard the city was planning to make some changes to the intersections of 21st and Prince and Commerce Way and Prince to make that area safer.

After listening to business owners and to the proposed changes at the intersections, I have come to the conclusion that these intersections aren’t any more dangerous than any others.

The real problem is the people driving through these intersections.

I have been in the auto-body repair business for the past 40 years and no one has ever come to my shop after a collision and blamed it on an intersection. The collision was either their fault or the fault of another driver.

We all know that rush hour doesn’t really mean rush. So take your time, drive with courtesy and keep your mind on what you’re doing, which is getting from point A to point B safely.

Russ Backoff
Clovis

Closing access at light could help Prince Street traffic flow
Yes, the traffic is bad near the intersection of 21st and Prince streets.

Why not close off the entrance and exit to the Hobby Lobby parking lot that exits at the light on Prince?

There are three exits onto Prince still and several exits onto 21st from the big lot by IHOP.

Then Commerce going east could be made a right-turn only onto Prince. Then traffic would have to turn into the flow of the Prince Street traffic.

Keeping the light or not would be something that might be looked at, but if Commerce would be made narrow at the area, then it would not need a light.

That could be one possibility for the city to look at.

Dan Toledo
Clovis