The mayor carries his wounded dog back to the cabin and calls 911 to report the incident. An animal control officer is dispatched and captures the coyote. The coyote is taken to a local veterinarian clinic and tested for diseases. No diseases are found and the coyote is relocated to a less populated part of the state.
The County Board - to be safe - decides to close the jogging trail for 90 days and asks the State Fish & Game Department to conduct a survey of the area to make sure the area is free of any other dangerous coyotes.
To prevent future coyote encounters, the County has the Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Public Health Office, establish a Coyote Awareness Program (CAP).
PETA hears about the relocation of the coyote to another part of the state and files a federal injunction to prevent any future relocation of coyotes. A trial date is currently pending with a federal judge in district court.
Veterinarian bill to test the coyote for rabies - $200.
Cost to relocate the coyote - $750.
Veterinarian bill for examining the mayor's dog - $150.
Emergency room bill for the mayor - $1,100
Cost for the Fish & Game Department survey - $9,000.
Cost to fund the Coyote Awareness Program - $13,000
Across the border in another state - a local township officer is out taking his morning jog with his dog. They are in a rural area on a nature trail. As luck would have it, a coyote jumps out of the woods and prepares to attack his dog. The township officer pulls out a small pistol from his fanny pack and shoots the coyote before it can harm his dog. The township officer and his dog continue their jog. Crows soon fly in the area and eat the dead coyote.
And this my friends helps explain why some states have a fiscal crisis and others don't.