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That was certainly not what many folks expected to hear, but it was a very forthright statement, as Cynthia Leavitt certified. We just have to learn to live with them,” said Leavitt, who is the animal control supervisor at the city of Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement. The same plastic-filled bags of trash attract rabbits, feral cats, rats, mice and birds, all of which also are prime sources of food for coyotes. Coyote expert Jennifer Waithman from the Department of Wildlife, talking to a similar audience in Sun City more than two years ago, was quoted in this column on Aug. Explaining how humans invaded an environment that belonged to coyotes for thousands of years, she said, “Don’t forget, coyotes were living here before we arrived.