State Won’t Renew Coyote-Trapping Permits For Rye

For Now, Air Horns And Pepper-Guns Are The Main Deterrents

RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Where have all the coyotes gone?

Nervous suburbanites north of New York City say they want more done to keep the animals from attacking pets and children as they did last summer.

On Friday, officials were arming themselves with air horns at the Rye Parks Department as police continued to patrol with anti-coyote pepper-ball guns.

The state says the communities of Rye and Rye Brook — the scene of disturbing coyote encounters last summer — can harass the animals this year but may not trap them again unless the coyotes resume problem behavior.

“Why wait? Why wait? If we had a coyote problem last summer we could easily have one this summer,” Rye Brook resident Steve Orsini told CBS 2’s Lou Young.

Last summer coyotes killed a dog and attacked two children in a display of aggressive behavior that was as unusual as it was alarming.

In response, police trapped and killed several of the animals.

But so far this year coyote sightings are down to roughly one a month since January. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said that’s not enough activity to warrant a trapping permit, but you can’t find anyone here who believes the problem has gone away.

“I think if they don’t do something there will be problems. I think they need to do something and be proactive before somebody gets hurt,” said Kira Wales of Rye.

The mayor of Rye said he needs a little help.

“We want the public to call the police department and notify the police of a sighting so we can start to monitor where they are and then we can go back to the DEC and see if we can get a permit. I’d like to have every tool possible,” Douglas French said.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams With Rye Councilman Joe Sack

Until then, there will be noisemakers and sharp eyes on the tree line as coyote season approaches.

Experts warn people not to run away if a coyote is sighted, but to make noise and make it leave. Running, they said, makes a human look like prey.

Do you think the state made the right decision? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Anonymous

    We would not have the problem with this wild canine. If man had not declared his relentless war on it .Coyotes were once only known to the American Southwest. Cattlemen and Farmers consistently slaughtered them trying to eliminate the problem.However they only managed to create a smarter Coyote.These animals now are in every state of the nation except Hawaii and eastern Long Island . How long before they invade there as well?

  • chiker

    Noise and pepper spray. GREAT.

    Most animals will get used to the sounds and learn to avoid the pepper spray.

    Possibly with the use of both the coyotes can be herded to Albany to inhabit the DEC offices

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