Portsmouth To Make Feeding Coyotes Illegal
The town of Portsmouth plans to draft an Anti-Feeding Coyotes Ordinance, making it the second community in the state with such an ordinance.
The town of Portsmouth is planning to create an ordinance which mirrors Middletown's "No Coyote-Feeding Ordinance," according to Town Councilor Keith Hamilton on Tuesday.
The council has "directed the solicitor to create an anti-wildlife feeding ordinance to mirror Middletown's," wrote Hamilton in an e-mail. The decision was made during Monday night's council meeting at Town Hall.
Several residents have recently complained about an increase in coyote sightings in town.
Earlier this week, we asked if Portsmouth had a coyote problem on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page. Here's what a couple users had to say.
Chris Redfern Carceller: From the amount of cats missing in town, and the loss of a friend's small dog due to a coyote attack last month, I would think that we do have a coyote problem.
Tara Rudman: I hear packs of them at night all the time..its scary sounding...way to close to home
Middletown is currently the only Rhode Island community to establish and enforce a "No Coyote-Feeding Ordinance" with fines. Except for birds and outdoor farm animals, the Middletown ordinance bans residences from feeding in a manner that would attract coyotes or other non-domestic animals.
Violations of the ordinance can result in fines of up to $500 per day. To view Middletown's ordinance, click here.
What do you think about Portsmouth drafting of an Anti-Feeding Ordinance? Will this help reduce the coyote population in town? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!