Posted: Sep 19, 2012 1:56 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 6:42 PM
PORT ARANSAS - For years coyotes have been a big problem in Port Aransas and on the island. Now, one councilman in Port Aransas says it's time to either feed them or kill them to keep the wild animals from attacking people and pets.
At the boutique shop Inside Out we found a memorial for beloved pet and family member, Sunny. When he was alive, he spent most his days in the shop.
"He would come to work everyday with him, so it was really sad," Melissa Anderberg told us. She works at Inside Out with Sunny's owner, Scott. She told us how Sunny died when a coyote snatched him up in May.
"He got attacked once before and for away, but this time, they got him and took off," Anderberg said.
Coyotes have been a problem in the area for years, even attacking people. In the summer of 2010, animal control responded to three coyote bite calls.
Anderberg says they aren't hard to spot and they certainly aren't shy. "They snatch them right off the leashes, so it's really scary when people are walking their dogs," she told us.
Bujan says there have even been reports of coyotes watching the kids out on the track as the run. He believes that's an indication that they're becoming more aggressive. That's why he asked that the city team up with Texas Parks and Wildlife to look into options to either shoot them or bring in jackrabbits to increase their food supply.
Anderberg says she needs to know more specifics on those plans to really decide what she thinks is best, but her main concern is keeping children and pets safe.
"If they can do it without killing them, then that's great, but if not, then, yeah, shoot them," she said.
The chief of police has been looking into programs that have worked in other cities.
He plans to present that to the council at 5 pm tomorrow.
Residents are welcomed to come listen and comment on the possible plans.
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