To the Editor:

I read the coyote article titled: “Petition: Allow coyote trapping in Westport” in the Feb. 24 issue of the Westport News. I disagree that coyotes should be trapped or harmed in any way. The reason for my disagreement is that we are going after the wrong animal.

Coyotes are an important natural predator. They serve a critical purpose in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Coyotes are hunters. They hunt and kill their prey so they can eat and survive. Coyotes are good at killing deer. Why is that important? Because we have a serious problem with deer overpopulation. There are simply way too many of them. Why is that? It is because we have wiped out the natural predators who feed on the deer. A coyote will help put a check on the deer population by killing and eating them. The fact of the matter is that we need more natural predators and less deer.

Coyotes and other natural predators need to be left alone. Let them carry out what they were born to do and that is to follow their instinct and hunt. It is ironic that with a no hunting ordinance in Westport we are thinking of trapping the one animal that we really need and that is the coyote. Trapping is not the same as hunting with guns. It is worse. Much worse. A gun will kill an animal quickly if aimed correctly. They will not suffer. Coyotes will be injured with a trap that will cripple and maim them so they will no longer be able to survive in the wild. That could be a long, prolonged and painful death. Do they deserve that because they were born to be a natural predator?

In addition, coyotes can help us with the Lyme disease problem. Because of the deer overpopulation we have too many deer ticks that bite and infect humans with Lyme disease. Less deer mean less ticks and less ticks mean less Lyme disease. Coyotes can only help us reduce the deer population by eating them.

I am not an animal rights activist. I am not even close. I firmly believe that whitetail deer should and must be killed. However, natural predators who are so important have been practically wiped out. They are part of the ecosystem. They need to be preserved.

For further information on how humans and their pet animals like dogs and cats can coexist with coyotes please contact Project Coyote at: info@projectcoyote.org. They are on the internet.

Michael Treadwell

Westport

Income-based

fee schedule

To the Editor:

Steven Kolenberg, the Republican Stamford city representative, wrote that proposed higher pistol permit fees are undemocratic because they would fall most heavily on the poor.

In that case, why not have an income-based fee schedule. The poor would pay nothing and the rich would pay a lot.

For example, he asks if the poor should be asked to pay exorbitant legal fees. Of course not; that’s why we have public defenders.

However, the rich do pay thousands of dollars for legal advice. With his own example, an income-based pistol permit fee should suit him fine.

Richard Lowenstein

Westport

Choose love and give

To the Editor:

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is March 9. The goal is to raise over $1.25 million in 24 hours through online donations to 400+ local nonprofit organizations. Giving Day encourages individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups to “give where you live.” Visit FCGives.org on March 9 and give to any of the registered nonprofits—including Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement! Honoring 6 year old victim of Sandy Hook, the Choose Love Movement teaches children how to Choose Love over anger and in any circumstance. Our thanks to teachers who participated in Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week. Our goal is to raise $2,500. You can donate as little as $10. Each donation adds up, plus can help nonprofits win cash prizes. Please set a reminder to visit FCGives.org on March 9 and give to your favorite local nonprofits.

Jan Pierret

Director of Marketing

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement