TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) --After a spike in pet killings, the city of Torrance has hired a company to trap and kill coyotes.
But the plan has angered some residents and activists who describe the practice as barbaric and say the animals should be re-located instead.
They are also upset that traps are being placed in the Madrona Marsh Preserve, where they argue wildlife should be protected.
"It's sickening these coyotes are being run out of their habitat," said Torrance resident Vicky Arigia. "There's nowhere for them to go."
The trapping was a response to dozens of pet killings that were reported in the area over recent months.
"We've always had rescue dogs that have used a dog door at our home and now we have to barricade that off and I have to escort (my dog) outside to go to the bathroom," said Torrance resident James Holland.
Advocates say the coyotes will stay away if people change their own behavior, including not leaving trash or pet food outside.
Torrance city officials could not be reached for comment.