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Police shoot coyote near elementary school

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 | 3:34 p.m.

Animal shot

Metro Police shot and killed a coyote in front of an elementary school Tuesday after receiving reports that the animal was wandering through yards in a Las Vegas neighborhood.

The animal was spotted about 12:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of Burnham Avenue, near Eastern Avenue and Desert Inn Road, police said.

Students at nearby Dailey Elementary School were placed on lockdown for an hour while police tracked the animal, Clark County School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said.

The coyote wandered in front of the school, where officers shot and killed it, police said.

Malone said the shooting occurred out of sight of students.

The animal did not injure or try to attack anyone, police said.

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  1. Wow. This is news breaking? We get coyotes in neighborhoods all day long in Henderson. They eat stray cats, small dogs and leave people alone. Yelling at them usually makes them run off. Use of force fail.

  2. "The animal did not injure or try to attack anyone, police said."

    Sounds like business as usual for Metro.

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  3. "Malone said the shooting occurred out of sight of students."

    Why did Malone feel it necessary to say this?

    I'll be she can't say how many gory murders those same kids have seen on TV? or in video games?

    Sorry for my bad attitude, but I grew up in a place where no one hid the truth or how an animal dies when being shot... or for that matter, no one hid how our chickens, goats, cows, and pigs were made into various Sunday dinners.

    And, of course, we had to shoot wild dogs, vultures, and great horned owls that would prey on our livestock.

    But these days.... well, you might just damage a poor child's mind if they happen to see a police officer or an animal control officer doing their sworn duty to protect and to serve.

    Times - my how they have changed.

  4. Brian, while I understand how hippie peta tree hugger some of this comes off but it's pretty simple.

    Can't blame the officers, they've never been trained or educated on this because they seldom deal with them.

    There hasn't been a registered attack by a coyote to a person in southern nevada in decades, so you're wrong actually. Yes they are wild and there's teh potential and it certainly happens in other areas.

    The issue is it's simple. The coyotes, bobcats and sometimes mountain lions too use the washes as freeways. They are their naturally walk ways. The coyote probably came up from the Wetlands and popped out on the flamingo wash around Pecos.

    MissVegas, this isn't a trigger happy metro thing, they just were untrained in dealing with this. Tranqs don't work like they do in the movies it takes time and you have to track where they go once the dart is in. Probably shooting it was the easiest call. Somebody freaked out called 9-1-1 and people make much ado about nothing. If schools got locked down everytime there's a coyote or bobcat near a school here in Henderson then kids wouldn't get out much. They eat stray cats, small dogs and leave people alone.

    It would have run off by yelling at it, although being kind of deep in the city it would have been hard to chase it back to the wash.

    Don't call a plumber for a bank robbery is my point. Animal Control could have handled this and nobody would know about it. That's what happens daily in Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite.

  5. WHY did they shoot it???? That's disgusting.

    Here is an interesting story AND picture about coyotes!!! And no one shot and killed them - especially the cops!!!