Problem/Solution Essay

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While the neighborhood that I live in is fine by my standards, there are a few problems that if they were solved, would make the neighborhood a better place. One of these problems is coyotes. A few times when I went outside, I would see the garbage rifled through. I used to think it was a raccoon until I realized I was mistaken. One night, I was coming home from my friend's house and I had to put something from my car into the garbage. As I was walking to the garbage I heard a noise like someone moving the garbage. As I turned the corner, I stopped dead in my tracks. Not even fifteen feet in front of me, was a coyote. It had been picking away at scraps of food that my family had thrown away. When the coyote saw me, it got startled and darted off into the darkness. With the little light that was available, I could see trash in what looked like a seven-foot radius around the trash bag. Making a mess with someone's trash is just one of the many problems that coyotes cause. Coyotes can also attack small pets that are let outdoors; they can cause car accidents, and attack humans. By attacking either humans or other animals, coyotes can spread disease. If something is not done about coyotes present in my neighborhood, we will have to face the consequences of our ignorance.

One measure that can be taken to solve the coyote problem is to kill all of the coyotes. Although this is a viable solution and would most likely solve the problem. This solution would be deemed inhumane by many people and would be met with lots of resistance. This solution would also interfere with police work. For example, if someone were to call 911 to report gun shots, one wouldn't be able to determine if the gun shots were from killing a coyote or from harming another person. With gun use by the general public, there could also be problems with children and gun use. This solution has more negative points compared to positive ones and should only be used as a last resort. A second solution to...
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