I am in the beginning stages of trying to collect information to do with the neighborhood menace of coyotes. Two weeks ago I was home with my siamese cat, Bro, when I heard the coyotes right behind my house, and my cat was gone. As a volunteer with Search & Rescue, within two hours I was out looking for my cat, in search of evidence of what happened to him. I still have no proof that the coyotes killed him, so I am still holding onto hope that he is alive, just scared and lost. Over the last two weeks I've been searching, and talking to neighbors as I go. Apparently this is a far greater problem than I had originally thought and it is very disheartening. No one is talking about it, but I will. My question to do with firearms comes from this event. I've tried to call the sheriff's department to find out what the laws are for discharging firearms in my area, which is NE Tacoma, unincorporated Pierce County (towards Browns Point), and the map he was looking at doesn't make it clear. The deputy is going to call me back when he finds out more. He did mention there are supposed to be public tools online to help distinguish those areas, but he nor I have been able to find them yet. So here I am searching out every avenue. Does anyone here know where I can look? I am also in contact with Dept of Wildlife (who do not handle coyotes), and waiting for a call back from a biologist with the Dept of Agriculture. I do not currently own a firearm (yet), but some of the guys I work with are hunters, and they have all the right equipment, but no one has been able to figure out the legal boundaries. I don't want to get anyone in trouble, as it doesn't work to ask for forgiveness after the fact with firearms. When/if Bro comes home, I will be taking steps to get a concealed weapons permit, etc, but I still need to know what the rules are for using it around my home, which is my primary concern. Please help!