I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help you.
Rye's Congresswoman Nita Lowey is fighting the coyote wars all the way from her bunker in Washington, DC. Lowey, usually sounding off on an international issue, financial reform or other lofty issue, also remembers she needs to kiss babies and – sometimes – shoot coyotes (with a letter).
Calling the coyote attacks a threat to families and children (she forgot "and the American way of life…), Lowey penned this letter:
July 1, 2010
New York Wildlife Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033-9653
Dear Mr. Lowney:
As you are aware, in the last week two children in Westchester County have been attacked by coyotes. I am very concerned about this threat to families and children.
I urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide any assistance the City of Rye, NY, is requesting in removing the coyotes and protecting our community. The City of Rye has sought help from Westchester County and neighboring municipality law enforcement, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and professional trappers. Assistance from wildlife experts from the USDA would help ensure the safety of our residents.
I appreciate your attention to this urgent matter.
Nita M. Lowey