2007-06-07 / News

Mystery surrounds authority's missing coyote silhouettes at bridge

Not all the geese are affraid of the mock coyotes at the toll plaza Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Not all the geese are affraid of the mock coyotes at the toll plaza Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Coyotes are missing from the property owned by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Not real coyotes, but plywood cutouts, put there to scare off the countless Canada geese that make a mess of the landscaped grounds.

RITBA director Buddy Croft said that they originally purchased four of the cutouts after he had seen them in locations around the state and made some inquiries. They cost about $75 each and were installed by RITBA maintenance workers, Croft said.

"They were working pretty well," Croft said about the geese deterrents, "but I came in one morning and they were gone." One is still on the property, Croft said, and noted that another was damaged by heavy winds.

"We suspect it was a juvenile prank," Croft said, adding "or maybe done by people acting like juveniles."

Because the geese cause so much damage to the grounds and parking lot, in the form of slippery droppings, Croft said they plan to purchase new ones to replace those that are missing.

"If they were stolen," Croft said, "we hope the offenders do not repeat the act."

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