Petition City Council for More Effective Coyote Control in Galveston

While coyotes have been familiar to Galveston residents for many years, there is an alarming increase in the number of videos, online comments and person-to-person conversations reporting coyotes throughout the community. From Fish Village and University area, to Downtown, out by the Seawall and beyond, coyotes are now being spotted almost daily, and are more assertive in their behavior even toward humans. Because coyotes on Galveston Island have significant red wolf genetic influence, they may be less timid in their interactions with animals and humans.

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The undersigned, whether residents of Galveston or those who enjoy visiting, hereby  petition Galveston City Council to direct its animal services management to provide guidance on how to more effectively control this predator using methods that are both humane and within the limits of laws protecting them. Trapping and relocation off the island would be a welcome option, if possible. Galveston coyotes' red wolf heritage may make them more easily transferred to appropriate locations that wish to reintroduce this rare strain of canine.

While we understand the role that coyotes play as predators in the ecosystem of Galveston Island, the frequent reports of them in close proximity to humans and pets--and their growing lack of fear--makes the current City response inadequate to meet the present need.

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