Living in Colorado, I know there’s a big problem in this state with coyotes killing pet cats and dogs. Driving up and down suburban boulevards you see countless posters asking for people to help find a missing pet. In almost every case the pets have been killed by coyotes. And it’s not just small pets, either, it’s German shepherds, boxers, even pit bulls and mastiffs. When a pack of coyotes starts ‘harvesting’ there’s no breed of dog that can’t be easily taken down.
Some communities in Colorado have populations of mountain lions that exist primarily on household pets. In fact, the Division of Wildlife says Colorado has a population of between 5000 and 8000 mountain lions. The attacks are bold. It just amazing that more humans haven’t been killed by wildlife.
Nevada’s KTNV Hall of Shame report by Darcy Spears shows there’s an easy way to end backyard pet killings. But Homeowners Associations across the southwest refuse to recognize the solution: a four inch high fence top roller that prevents predators from jumping fences. It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. It’s certainly not a threat to power-hungry HOA board members.
But in HOA Amerika, self-interested board members don’t seem to be interested in welcoming sensible solutions to neighborhood problems. Their personal power trip is sometimes just beyond reason.