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Island residents concerned about coyotes

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People who live on The Island will tell you coyotes are a part of life there.  

But some of them say they've had enough because packs have invaded their neighborhoods threatening pets and children.

"There's always been coyotes on Padre Island, but what we're seeing is something different," said resident Richard Vogler.

Vogler has seen enough of coyotes in his neighborhood.

"Coyotes going into people's backyards, coyotes stalking small children, coyotes snatching dogs off leashes, coyotes going into my backyard," said Vogler.  "This is too much."

In August, a coyote jumped Vogler's fence and killed his pet cat.  
Since then Vogler's come to learn the coyote problem in his neighborhood is man-made.

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"The construction activities across the highway, where they're building the new marina combined with the construction activities where they're cutting in the new canal, have destroyed what I've come to realize is 300 acres of their habitat," Vogler said.

Corpus Christi Police Department Animal Control Officer Capt. William Broyles told the Island Special Action Committee Wednesday that little can be done about the Island's coyote problem.

"We are in their territory," said Broyles.  "I mean we're surrounded by wetlands throughout the city and you know the wildlife is going to come in."

However, that answer isn't good enough for Vogler.  He wants action, though he admits he doesn't know what to do.

"Find some way to humanely remove them, that's what I want to be done," said Vogler.  "What can be done?  I'm not really certain."
He says he'd start by pleading with city leaders.

"I would ask the mayor, the city council, please help us to do something about this problem, it's significant," Vogler said.

Also at Wednesday's ISAC meeting, Island resident and former Animal Control Officer Jeff Beynon told the committee coyotes are the Island's dominant predator.  

Take them out, something else takes over.

For instance, rattlesnakes.

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