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As development spreads into what once were the wilds, coyotes have been remarkably successful at adapting to the urban environment.  Now the official killing of eight coyotes in Griffith Park has raised issues about co-existence with human beings.  Also, Los Angeles' continuing struggle with dispensaries of medical marijuana. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in his first address to the UN General Assembly, Barack Obama tried to separate himself from George W. Bush.  Did he come up with fresh, new ways to deal with international issues that are all too familiar?

Banner image: A coyote walks through Griffith Park, after fleeing flames on May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody

Main Topic President Obama at the UN 27 MIN, 15 SEC

President Obama told the UN today that "misperceptions" have led to what he called "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism," which he said, "too often has served as an excuse for…collective inaction." He said all nations must take "responsibility for a global response to global challenges…"

Guests:
Harvey Morris, Financial Times
Edward Mortimer, former Chief Speechwriter, UN Secretary General Annan
David Bosco, Assistant Professor of International Politics, American University
Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Making News City Proposal Has Pot Dispensaries Fuming 6 MIN, 39 SEC

California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, but the City of Los Angeles still hasn’t figured out how to regulate sales. Dozens of dispensaries are accused of flouting state law by selling pot over the counter for profit. Two years ago the city passed a new law on dispensaries, but that’s being challenged in court, as we hear from John Hoeffel of the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic The Life and Death of Coyotes in Urban Los Angeles 18 MIN, 55 SEC

Coyotes have learned to live with people. Can people learn to live with coyotes?  That question arises after the killing of eight coyotes in Griffith Park by the State Department of Fish and Game.  It all started when a man claimed a coyote nipped at his foot while he was napping near Travel Town.  He complained to the City’s Department of Animal Services.

Guests:
Greg Randall, Wildlife Expert, LA Department of Animal Services
Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder

Wild Justice

Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

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