OC City Council May Overturn Firearms Ban To Stop Coyote Attacks

MISSION VIEJO (CBS) — Members of the Laguna Woods City Council on Friday will meet to consider an ordinance that would allow a private contractor to shoot potentially dangerous coyotes suspected of having killed two small dogs in recent weeks.

The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Aug. 17, and neither Mayor Bert Hack nor city manager Leslie Keane wanted to further delay taking action.

Among the proposals the council will consider: changing its strict firearms ordinance in order to pave the way for a potential outside party to take aim at the animals.

A woman was dragged as she tried to stop coyotes who snagged her pet Yorkie as she clung to the dog’s leash Tuesday morning, Keane said. The dog was killed and the woman suffered minor injuries.

coyote attacks yorkie in laguna woods OC City Council May Overturn Firearms Ban To Stop Coyote Attacks

This pet Yorkie (above) was killed in one of the recent coyote attacks in Laguna Woods. (credit: CBS)

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports some residents have even resorted to carrying makeshift clubs to protect themselves and their pets from the wild animals.

“We have a coyote problem as everybody knows, and we’ve had a problem for a number of years, but this year that situation has escalated to the point where we’re seeing hostile, desensitized coyotes that are no longer afraid of humans,” Keane said.

The ordinance would also allow for 21-gun salutes at military funerals, which is currently prohibited now, Keane said.

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  1. citizen says:

    why are 21 gun salute banned? If I was in my back yard and one of these animals tried to attack my dog or any family member I would shoot it dead. You are not going to tell me I can’t kill it if it is attacking my pet or family member. Self defense,

  2. Iatola says:

    I’ll volunteer to work for the contractor for free. That’d be more of a vacation than work. Do I get to keep the pelts? Those coyotes are probably the most healthy and best maintained around… all that cat and dog food… they probably have very shiny coats.

  3. Army and proud says:

    leave it to some gov agency to ban a very beautiful form of tribute to a service member do the morons not know or realize that the rounds used for the 21 gun salutes are blanks and therefore of NO HARM to anyone

  4. Joe says:

    Forget the club get yourself a can of pepper spray. Hit them once with that and they will not be back nor will they be injured.

  5. Eric Fender says:

    Advising people to carry a club is a bad idea. In California, that’s a violation of PC 12020 (Carrying a billy club). Its a misdemeanor to carry a concealed, loaded handgun – if its registered to you, and a first offense. Stupid legislature…

  6. Sunny Murchison says:

    THANK GOD THAT THE OC CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING TURNING OVER UTILIZING FIREARMSTO SHOOT COYOTES. . MY LIL SUNNY LEE WAS KILLED AND PARTIALLY EATEN BY COYOTES IN ALTADENA,CA., ON JUNE 30, 2011. GOOGLE SUNNY MURCHISON COYOTE ALTADENA FOR FULL NEWS COVERAGE FROM JULY 2-JULY 5. WE HUMANS MUST ORGANIZE TO CONTROL THESE TERRORISTS BEFORE THEY KILL AN INNOCENT CHILD. BAD ENOUGH THEY ARE KILLING DOGS, CATS, AND HORSES.

    IN ADDITION, I SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMY RESERVE, AND AM HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THE 21-GUN SALUTE WILL BE IN PLACE AT MILITARY FUNERALS IN OC. MY GOD, THESE PEOPLE GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS.

  7. Sunny Murchison says:

    THANK GOD THAT THE OC CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING TURNING OVER UTILIZING FIREARMSTO SHOOT COYOTES. . MY LIL SUNNY LEE WAS KILLED AND PARTIALLY EATEN BY COYOTES IN ALTADENA,CA., ON JUNE 30, 2011. GOOGLE SUNNY MURCHISON COYOTE ALTADENA FOR FULL NEWS COVERAGE FROM JULY 2-JULY 5.

    IN ADDITION, I SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMY RESERVE, AND AM HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THE 21-GUN SALUTE WILL BE IN PLACE AT MILITARY FUNERALS IN OC. MY GOD, THESE PEOPLE GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS.

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