For immediate release: September 16, 2009
Pop-star Jessica Simpson Loses Companion Dog to Coyote
Larkspur, CA- Coyotes have made headlines in the last 24 hours after pop-star Jessica Simpson sent a tweet to the world that her dog, Daisy, had been taken by a coyote near her home in Calabasas, California. “Our sympathies go out to Ms. Simpson for the loss of her beloved canine companion,” said Camilla Fox, Founding Director of Project Coyote. “While the loss of a pet to a coyote is a devastating experience for any animal guardian, there are lessons to be learned and steps all animal guardians should take to protect their domestic animals from coyotes and other native carnivores,” said Fox.
Project Coyote, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Northern California that promotes educated coexistence between people and coyotes and advocates on behalf of carnivores, recommends that cat and dog guardians take the following steps to reduce negative encounters with coyotes:
“Essentially cats and dogs become part of the ecosystem when they’re free roaming and while they’re more likely to be killed by automobiles than by wild animals, a coyote may view cats and small dogs as easy prey and larger dogs as competition,” said Dr. Marc Bekoff, Project Coyote Advisory Board member and world-renown canid ethologist. “People must take responsibility to protect their domestic animals from wild carnivores just as they do to protect their children from sexual predators.”
“People who move to the outskirts of urban areas sometimes forget that with wild land comes wildlife,” said Fox. “We have a responsibility — both for our domestic animals and for the wild ones with whom we share this planet — to do what can we individually and as a community to coexist with wildlife and to reduce attractants that can lead to conflicts.”
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