Regarding the July 10 story, "Coyote sightings on rise in Upper Township":

The coyotes of the world really need a good public-relations officer. This is 2013, and yet people still can't seem to just live and let live, to coexist with nature.

Yes, coyotes may kill your small dog or cat, but I know lots of dogs that kill groundhogs, squirrels, rabbits, etc.

I am very sorry that Upper Township Deputy Mayor Curtis Corson lost his dog, but killing coyotes will not bring him back. Trapping and killing coyotes, as Corson does, is just barbaric and cruel - a caveman approach to a problem.

If you live in a rural area, you must be more proactive in protecting your pets. Dogs should be on a leash or in a fenced area anyway.

Coyotes are not aggressive for the sake of aggression; they do it to survive. Only humans kill because they think it is fun.

The public complains that there are too many deer, yet it is open season on their natural predator.

Nature does not always do things we like, and humans are by far the worst of the worst - cruel, wicked, self-centered and destructive.

It's 2013. We are well into the new millennium, and yet our ways of managing are still in the 1600s - kill, kill, kill.

TONI STRANSKY

Galloway Township