Sharpshooter Kills Coyotes In Adams County Neighborhood
Neighbors Concerned About Safety
Jaclyn Allen, 7NEWS Reporter
POSTED: 10:58 pm MDT May 31, 2012
UPDATED: 12:46 pm MDT June 1, 2012
ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — Some residents in an Adams County neighborhood are outraged after they said one homeowner hired a sharpshooter to take out coyotes.
In the rural Adams County Horse Community near 15000 Zuni Street, the sound of shots fired seemed out of place. “So, I called the Adams County Sheriff’s office,” said Joyce Maggio, who said she soon learned from deputies that the bullets were actually fired by a sharpshooter a neighbor had hired to kill coyotes.
“I stood on my deck Friday night and I listened to the gunfire and I heard the coyotes howl as their mates and their pups were annihilated. That’s just not right.”
Natalie Quaratino said she saw the shooter dressed in camouflage walking near her back field, dragging a coyote carcass.
She was immediately concerned for her children, horse and dogs.
“It’s reckless to have a gun rural neighborhood, but the homes are still only maybe a half an acre apart from each other (or) an acre apart,” said Quaratino.
The neighbor who hired the sniper, Russell Farmer, said he believes coyotes tried to attack his dogs and may have killed his cat.
He would not comment any further, though, and said it was a private matter.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said private landowners can discharge firearms on their property as long as it is not within 150 feet of another home.
The Division of Wildlife considers coyotes a nuisance animal, so property owners have a right to kill them to protect their property.
Neighbors in the area said they just wish it had been handled differently, like it was when coyotes were attacking small children in the nearby Anthem neighborhood last year.
“They did isolate the offender — the rogue coyote — and then eliminated him and the attacks stopped,” said Maggio.
Quaratino said she thinks something needs to be done to keep this from happening again in their neighborhood.
“There needs to be an ordinance to keep people from walking around shooting in this neighborhood,” she said.