AR-News: (US-tx)`Coyote fishing' among animal threats at Padre Island Seashore

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Mon Mar 29 08:16:55 EST 2004

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Some pelicans, deer and other creatures at Padre
Island National Seashore have to flee from their lives from threats that
include poaching, target practice or cruelty from human visitors, park
rangers say.

For the six rangers who patrol about 133,000 acres, some of the worst
animal cruelty involves so-called "coyote fishing," where the predators
are baited with food attached to a fishing line, then dragged and tortured.

"They waited for it to swallow the hot dog, then yanked the coyote down
the beach," Juan Rodriguez, National Park Service ranger and chief of
education at the seashore, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in
Monday's editions. "It's almost hard to believe people can do some of
these type things."

Several people were arrested earlier for killing a coyote after they
caught with a hotdog on fishing line strung down the beach.

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