2017-02-09 / Front Page

Coyote attacks concern some island residents


A coyote skulks in the backyard of a Narragansett Avenue home in the West Ferry neighborhood. 
PHOTO BY ELIZABETH COLLINS A coyote skulks in the backyard of a Narragansett Avenue home in the West Ferry neighborhood. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH COLLINS Pet owners beware: Aggressive coyotes are lurking in Jamestown.

Attacks have been reported in the Sheffield Cove area, including a West Ferry sighting Monday night. According to Narragansett Avenue resident Elizabeth Collins, a coyote entered her yard at dusk Monday and tried to attack her two large dogs. Collins has seen the wild animal before, she said, but it avoided her pets in the past.

“I have no reason to believe it is not the same one,” she said.

The coyote engaged the dogs twice before retreating, she said, adding that she contacted coyote conservationists three times but so far has been ignored.

There also was an attack on a 65-pound golden retriever last Thursday at Fox Hill Farm. According to homeowner Abby Jenkins, her dog has been attacked three times in her yard on Fort Getty Road by a “very aggressive coyote.” On each occasion, Jenkins was within 20 feet of her dog when the coyote attacked, she said. There also have been multiple reports of missing dogs on Beavertail.

“These predators have been getting increasingly brazen,” Jenkins said.

According to Jamestown police Lt. Angela Deneault, the department received multiple calls in the last couple of weeks, although that is customary. She isn’t sure whether the attacks are more prevalent than in the past.

“There have always been coyotes in Jamestown,” she said. “It ebbs and flows depending on the season.”

The council adopted an ordinance in October 2016 that banned feeding coyotes. A fine between $100 and $500 can be levied for each violation.

— Tim Riel

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