Letter: Resident Starts Petition Against Middletown's Plan to Hire Coyote Gun

The following was submitted by Newport resident Shana Gaines.

When I read the that is being proposed by the Middletown Town Council, I was seriously sick to my stomach.

Ignorance has caused this to come to this point, as the Narraganset Coyote Project presented a plan to the city last year that could have gotten the population under control.

I have done a good bit of research on the coyote issue and I know for a fact that the killing by the hunter which is scheduled to take place beginning in April is by no means going to eliminate the problem. Killing a coyote is like mowing the grass. When one is killed, they self populate to simply replace that.

There is a plan in place to humanely handle this situation, which the Town Council members need to look at again. My heart goes out to the family that lost their beloved Labrador retriever and those other families that have lost pets due to this situation. I am an avid animal lover and have several pets, but if my dog was killed by a coyote, I would not want to see that animal destroyed.

Right now as much as we may not like it, people need to keep their pets inside and walk them when needed. Not everybody is in favor of the killing of the coyotes. Right now it is about 50-50. I plan to start a petition to be presented at the next meeting on this subject, which will be held Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Middletown Town Hall. The hunter is due to start shooting as soon as April 5.

I don't understand how they can work out the issues involved before it takes place. People also need to know if they feed pets outside such as cats and dogs, this is the same as feeding the coyotes and it causes them to stay where they are. Since this killing that is scheduled to take place is not going to eliminate coyotes on the Island, why kill them at all? I have a business on 523 Thames Street, Vintage to Vogue, and I will be starting a petition there and welcome those against this plan to come in to sign it, or, start one of their own and submit it as well.

An online petition is available at:


Shana Gaines
Newport Resident

Robert E April 08, 2011 at 07:14 AM
Bill I dont think you will ever be normal
Shana Gaines April 08, 2011 at 12:51 PM
If you had been reading these posts from the beginning Paul, you would know that the coyotes are not going to be eradicated at all. The young, the pregnant females and those that have been non-threatening will still be here. Also, when you kill one coyote, they get the female pregnant and she has 3 to 7 more. By killing the ones that they are going to kill, we will eventually triple the population. We all have children, a lot of people like myself have grandchildren, and most all of us have pets. We have to find a better way than shooting a handful of these animals.
Shana Gaines April 08, 2011 at 12:56 PM
I think it is time that we all realize that one person on this post, has a twisted and evil mind, and is in many ways a dangerous person. He is definitely not normal by any standards that I know of. I am going to request that he be removed from being able to write here any more. He isn't even dealing with the coyotes.. He has used this forum to preach about every issue that comes across his mind. Politics, abortions, nazis, peoples physical appearance, status in life, and every other thing he can think of. PLEASE PEOPLE, when you see a post from BILL KELLY, just click on the upper right hand corner where it says 'FLAG AS INAPPROPRIATE", WHEN THE moderator sees these they will eventually stop him from posting. We all have a right to express our opinions but he is no longer talking about the subject.
Popeye April 08, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I know that all states have a doe removal requirement when deer hunting which reduces the breeding population, why do the coyote breeders get a pass?.......perhaps we should be removing them and thereby reducing the pup population as well. I think that would jack up the numbers considerably. I know many bleeding hearts here will be horrified by that statement but it is the same concept behind euthanizing dogs and cats so the population is controlled.
Persistant April 08, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Being humane to all is always a good thing. I applaud your efforts to resolve the dangers and protect the community. After you are done with this project, I was wondering if you would embark on protecting your own species from corruption with benefits of human experimentationt that goes on right underneath our eyes to our community members... I am all for humanely coping with predators both human and animal.
Popeye April 08, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Ok so lets begin by controlling the coyote population and managing the open space thats left. A good first step for this Island.
Chowda Head April 08, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Shana - I've read some of the posts, but most of the actual information. I grew up in New Hampshire, never hunted but I do understand about hunting and eradicating wildlife population. A mass sweep needs to be done total eradication and mass exodus, there are all threats ! Unlike you (kindly) I live in MIDDLETOWN, have kids and a dog in MIDDLETOWN. We need to shoot all of them. Unless you can come up with a kinder and gentler way to get rid of these beasts.
Persistant April 08, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Bill Kelly or anyone, Please forgive my ignorance. Though, I'm known for my charm. I am not political. It is not my strongest point, due to narcoleptic illness issues upon mention of such. I have no clue what a lefty is. It sounds like you want to clobber them. So, just to be sure, I understand, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." is caused by these people that joined a club called, "Lefty"? You make them sound aweful. I will delete this comment, after I find out. I just have no clue. Are those people those the people removing our current govt or freemasons,NATO, Fed Resevere theives? I am just trying to understand, due to it seems I read that name over and over and get deer in the headlight scratching of the head syndrome. I figured it's time I educated myself.
Robert E April 08, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Bill unless you are native american you are a non-native. when europieans came here they stole the land from the local peoples.
BILL KELLY April 08, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Popeye has the best ideas here.
Common Sense Activist April 09, 2011 at 01:27 AM
The dude that got up and spoke about his incredible fear of the pack near Aquidneck School has been a known feeder of that very same pack. Popeye.
Common Sense Activist April 09, 2011 at 01:31 AM
PS - when did all these right wing nutjobs turn into such puss13s? Or has it always been that way? Oh my God, wildlife had the *nerve* to make eye contact with me, RUN FOR THE SAFETY OF THE MALL!!!
Coyote Pretty April 09, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Wow. Its like a modern day witch hunt. This "hunt" that has been approved to placate the masses. We have been living with Coyotes in Newport walking the streets of Freebody and Eustis, Bliss and Bellevue for a long time now. We have garbage pick up in Newport. Could this be blamed on "pay as you throw?" Perhaps some in Middletown are throwing but not paying? ...and DOT still disposes of Road Kill in the woods. Some want to make fun of the advice ..to stop feeding them...we think of some guy leaving table scraps for the wildlife... STOP the food source and the packs will shrink.
Wile E April 09, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Thank you, Patti. I appreciate the support and so does my pack.
Popeye April 09, 2011 at 01:19 PM
perhaps you should say something to him....
Gene Love April 09, 2011 at 02:15 PM
A little Info about Coyotes >>> Coyotes are Wild Predatory Animals, they are opportunistic omnivores > The Coyote population has increased Dramatically throughout the US and they represent the largest population of Predatory Animals in the US today > Coyotes have very few natural predators, these include Alligators, Wolves, Mountain Lions or Cougars > In the Western States, Coyotes reportedly kill $ tens of million worth of livestock each year > Coyotes are active during both the day and night hours, but are much more active at night, particularly around dawn and dusk > Coyotes usually breed in February and March and produce litters in about 9 weeks (60 to 63 days) > Coyote attacks on people usually occurs when a coyote has become comfortable around people, often the result of people feeding them, either intentionally or unintentionally > Coyote activity can become a pubic safty risk >>
Robert E April 09, 2011 at 03:56 PM
All we need to do is import Alligators, Wolves, Mountain Lions and Cougars to the island and our coyote problem will be solved.
Patti April 11, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Well, it's like this.... IF you don't bother me, I won't bother you. Isn't that the way it should work anyway?? You find your own food and I will put my dogs on leashes, okay? It really is THAT simple......
Newton April 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM
I say trap & tranquilize them then spay & neuter them, this will reduce their population & give them GREAT fear of humans, combine this with a hefty $1500 fine for feeding them (revenue that can go towards the cost of spaying & neutering) then you will see the problem vanish… Pet owners please don't leave your pets unattended outside, not only can they get hurt by wild animals they can be hurt by other pets, hit by cars, or worse be put down because they bit or scratched a child. You will never be able to eliminate all dangers to your unattended pet, if you want them to be safe don't be lazy.
Newton April 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Also I would like to point out that the coyotes do play a vital role in keeping the population of mice, rats & skunks down… You know that one annoying skunk that crawls under your fence and stinks up the place? Now imagine that being ten skunks… Further measures for putting the fear of humans back into the trouble maker coyotes if you must take matters into your own hands razz them with paintball guns when ever you see them, they make reusable paintballs that you can fill with water, that will teach um!
Wile E April 24, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Thank you, Newton. I'm glad you appreciate the hard work me and my pack do....I also have no problem with the paintball guns. Just a quick dip in the river (or your pool) and I'm good to go. I would much rather deal with them than a gun that fires real bullets.....thanks again, Newt!
Popeye April 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Complete Fantasy
Popeye April 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM
more of the same
Newton April 25, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Let me start by saying, often times people who oppose putting a fine on unwanted human behavior (such as feeding the coyotes) are guilty of that behavior themselves. I would figure be you pro hunt or pro coyote or pro eradication you would all at least agree that feeding them is bad and should be punished no? Either way I think a $1500 fine for feeding them a great idea and I would like an explanation as to why it isn't a good idea. Please do not respond with comments like "it would be impossible to enforce it" because we all see the signs on the side of the road that say $1500 fine for littering which is just about as impossible to enforce, but still helps to cut down on the litter does it not?
Popeye April 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM
You could put a $5,000 fine for feeding them and it would not cause the coyotes to leave the island.
Newton April 26, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Who said it would cause them to leave the island? I don't think they should all leave the island, they kill skunks and rats, you know there was a time when skunks and rats were a big problem on this island too. Feeding coyotes makes them less afraid of people and the more food they have the greater their numbers become. Quite simply access to easy food equals more coyotes and that means more problems, also I would like to point out that no one thing will solve the coyote problem, it has to be a combination of things, and I think a $1500 fine for feeding the coyotes should be one of those things. Example, shooting the coyotes won't be a sole solution for when you kill the alpha female all the other females in the pack get pregnant and make new dens else where like Portsmouth and Newport, then return to Middletown in greater numbers. I have a few links that should prove informative they tell you what they eat and document an attack on humans if you watch the whole coyote attack video the expert explains that coyote attacks happen as a direct result of feeding them. So in short a $1500 fine for feeding coyotes should be included as part of the solution even if you intend on shooting them. http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/outdoor-adventure-coyotes.html http://animal.discovery.com/videos/when-animals-strike-coyote-attacks-boy.html
Newton April 26, 2011 at 05:37 PM
The only reason not to put a fine on feeding the coyotes I can think of is if someone stands to gain politically from more aggressive coyotes. Popeye do you or anyone you support stand to gain politically from cracking down on aggressive coyotes? Geeze I remember when everyone thought that coyotes on the island was a myth, no one was talking of attacks until they were proven and people started feeding them… Also I'm pretty sure there has been no attack on humans yet because it would be plastered all over the local papers if there was. If people stop feeding them they will become more fearful of people, especially if they associate people with pain and death via paintball guns or real guns. They say canines do have the intelligence of 4 year olds after all so I think coyotes can be trained to fear us. Please put a $1500 fine for feeding the coyotes. I don't care if you want to shoot coyotes but the hefty fine for feeding them is a must. Besides state and local government could use the income!
Common Sense Activist April 28, 2011 at 04:23 AM
FYI, Popeye is a confirmed feeder of the Aquidneck School pack.
Popeye April 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM
And you assume this how? Common Dense Activist?
Lisa Weyandt May 06, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Shana, If you are still reading the replies, I would like to become involved at some level. Please email me and let me know how I can help. Thank you for being compassionate!


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