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6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 Cape Gazette Letters )) Information on coyote article disputed I almost blew soda out through my nose when I read the recent column about coyotes in Dela- ware. I do applaud Ron MacAr- thur for seeking out information, but I hate to inform him that he might have found better honest biological information from some freshman high school biology class than seek it from Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Saveikis. The most troubling issue is that many of the uninformed read- ers out there may have actually believed what he had to say. Delaware's Department of Natural Resources has one of the most abysmal records of sound wildlife management in the nation. We protected the whitetail deer far too long and it's become a pest. We protected the gray squirrel and it's overrun the state. We protected the snow goose, claiming we were driving it to extinction, and now it's a pest that can't be managed. We protected the Canada goose and now it despoils every park and playground pool in the state. We protected the red fox and were even forbidden from possessing one "regardless of origin" and wondered why the small popula- tions of quail and pheasants were eradicated. Now we have the bunny huggers protecting coy- otes that are treated as vermin in every other state of the union having them. First off, the coyote, up until recently, consisted of a single bloodline (much like foxes and wolves). I don't know what Saveikis intended with a "cornu- copia" of them, but I would hope he used the word without think- ing of the definition. To say "Any coyote taken be- fore Jan. 11 was taken illegally," is simply a lie that he's been called to task on before. The coyote is not an indigenous species, and since it's been classifed as "in- vasive," it enjoyed absolutely no protection under the law before Jan. 11. The U.S. Supreme Court has long expelled the argument that one can break a-law that simply doesn't exist. The coyote can't be claimed under charter as being "protected" since it wasn't native to Delaware. If anything he said was true, then he wouldn't have to explain why a hunter on a state wildlife area during a managed hunt was not cited nor prosecuted for shooting a coyote that he knew about. In another attempt to dazzle readers with gobbledygook, Saveikis claims that the new regulations are based on "mod- ern wildlife science, with the coyote hunting and trapping seasons designed to manage the coyote population at biologically and socially acceptable levels." If that doesn't achieve sensory overload, nothing will. Continued on page 7 I've committedviolent crimes but been found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill, and mentally incompetent to stand trial should I be allowed to possess firearms? YEs!!! And they call ME crazy! Editorial>> Bitter cold demands vigilance, caring he bitter cold and snowfall quieting ing as a community, we have to again stay 1 Delaware's Cape Region this weekvigilant against the stresses that such extreme 1 deserve special attention, weather brings. State and municipal agencies, Here in coastal Delaware, the police and fire services can only do so much. vast ocean to our east makes our microclimate Now, especially, they depend on all of us to do even more temperate than surrounding areas, the right thing. Certainly we're not Florida, but the Atlantic We see examples all around us: neighbors does keep us a few degrees warmer, giving us digging out those less able, four-wheelers a longer growing season and generally milder using tow lines usually reserved for beach winters, emergencies to haul out ditch-bound drivers, Then along comes a cold snap like this one and churches and others opening their doors that reminds us of the winter of 1977 and 1978, to the homeless trying to survive single-digit when Rehoboth Bay and the Lewes-Rehoboth nights. Canal froze solid, river pilots had to contract Delaware's Cape Region is just one of thou- helicopters to get on and off ships, and hiber- sands of communities across this great nation nating blue crabs froze to death in the mud at that shows its compassion when times are the bottom of Delaware Bay. tough and people need help. The difference is Local firefighters had to not only fight that we're the ones experiencing the extreme flames in houses where the cold stressed weather this time. heating and electrical systems, but also freez- Although extreme cold isn't as loud and ing water that made footing treacherous and dramatic as blowing blizzards or howling handling hoses grueling, hurricanes, it nonetheless brings challenges Now, 2014. While state and municipal work- and opportunities to help friends and strang- ers have done a great job keeping the roads ers alike, and further strengthen the ties that and streets plowed so we can keep function- bind us. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazett~e editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederickl sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- WITH MOST PONDS in the area covered with still manages to find some open water. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO ice, a pair of bufflehead ducks Web Poll )) Most responders will steer clear of clinks When Delaware approves medical marijuana clinics I will: Take advanta ge 19.8% Not go near them 42.8% Keep an open mind 37.4% )) For weather, inc ng h hs and Iowssee page Io7 The total of votes counted was 353. To participate in the current web poll, visit, Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 67 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext, 304 " News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 3t6 ber nie@capegazette corn NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kara Nuzback, Ext, 317 Nick Roth, Ext. 335 Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck Eschranck@ CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric 8urnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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