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Letter: Caution on dealing with coyotes

With regard to Evan Allen’s article in the Sunday Globe (“Scare tactics for bold coyotes,” Globe West Oct. 28) on the coyote hazing team that is being organized in Belmont, I would add a word of caution.

No mention is made of what the team should do if it is a pack of coyotes that needs to be driven away.

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I live on the edge of an 8-acre conservation tract in Lexington, and it is not unusual to hear two or more coyotes yelping excitedly nearby, especially at night.

I would hope that the team carefully researches the matter before trying to scare them off with a lot of noise.

I am reminded of the advice I received from a park ranger in Alaska as I was preparing for a hike into the wilderness a few years ago. Pointing to the large bell I had attached to my shoulder pack, he cautioned that to a bear, it might sound like a dinner bell.


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