Should Portsmouth Attempt to Control the Coyote Population? [Poll]
Should the town of Portsmouth try to control the coyote population?
As the days grow shorter and winter eventually sets in, the food supply for coyotes will grow more scarce and the risk to pets and livestock might increase.
According to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Coyotes have been part of Rhode Island’s fauna for more than 30 years and are an important component of the ecosystem.
The DEM claims that campaigns to reduce the population are expensive and are generally unsuccessful. Despite that, several Middletown residents have called for coyote population control.
"It's hunting season, let's get some professionals down here to take care of this once and for all," said reader Paul Bertel. A reader who goes by the alias ALL animal lover added that residents should not have to bear the complete financial burden of protecting their pets, such as expensive fences.
“Aquidneck Islanders need to band together and do something about this...our silence is not helping our cause,” said Sandra.
Not all readers agreed.
“Nature has a way to keep everything in balance and when man interferes he ends up paying the price in the end,” said Robert E.
What do you think? Should Portsmouth attempt to control the coyote population? Take our poll below.