Town Officials Believe Paintball Guns Will Keep Animals AwayBy Sean Adams

RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Rising temperatures are raising concerns in many suburban communities over the return of coyotes.

Law enforcement shared their new battle plan in the war between man and beast with CBS 2’s Lou Young on Friday.

It’s a non-lethal response to the increasingly aggressive coyotes of southern Westchester, fired from an air-compression gun.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams: Never Turn Your Back!

If it looks similar to this recreational paintball gun, you’re correct. The weapon is exactly the same. The ammunition, though, is very different.

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“It’s essentially a paint ball filled with pepper,” Rye Police Commissioner William Conners said.

It’s a pepper gun that Rye police have now been issued to use on site whenever they spot a coyote.

“The animals are typically very timid around humans. They avoid human contact. What we saw last year was a change in that. And the experts tell us you need to reinforce the fact that they should be uncomfortable around humans and be afraid of them,” Conners said.

Last year saw several coyote attacks involving children and adults who came to their aid.  Neighbors are still nervous.

“It’s always in the back of our head. We’re always extra careful. We do play outside a lot and hopefully it never happens again,” resident Nina Draddy said.

Jim Horton, with Quality Pro pest control, said he expects the coyotes will be out soon.

“This is the time of year they start pairing up,” Horton told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “They’re gonna have their pups soon. So, they get a little protective of their areas.”

His advice: never turn your back, never run away, make plenty of noise, and scare the coyote. A little of that and a little of the air-compression gun should do the trick.

“It’ll definitely make them feel unwelcome. It should chase ‘em off for sure,” said Tony Galasso, owner of “Crazy Paint.”

There have been no encounters here since October.

“But they are opportunists. They will try and grab whatever they can if they think they can and they will test their boundaries,” Horton said.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (4)
  1. Tell it says:

    It is sad that we destroy everything. Animal habitats are being invaded and built on by the min. How dare humans move into the woods and complain there are wild animals… Duh ! We should learn to love and honor for there is a reason they’re here and when gone we will find out the reason I’m sure. Some and certains things should be left alone.

  2. NJ Ghost says:

    Yea Right Bobby…Man should move back into caves…Scew the coyotes, Like everything else in nature, if they can’t adapt then they lose…By the way men don’t use the word “SAD”

    1. Skipdallas says:

      Wow a Macho idiot from NJ! Go figure! since when is the word “Sad” out of Anyones vocabulary? Grow up junior.

  3. bobby says:

    Keep building and taking the land that they roam away from them.We invade the natural habitat and we want the wild animal to adapt to us ..This is Sad….

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