Chil­dren stay in­side af­ter 2 coy­ote attacks

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

RYE — The wary but tol­er­ant re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and coy­otes is chang­ing in a New York City sub­urb, where two attacks on lit­tle girls have po­lice of­fi­cers shoot­ing at the an­i­mals and par­ents keep­ing their chil­dren in­side at the urg­ing of au­thor­i­ties. Years of easy liv­ing in the sub­urbs may have damp­ened coy­otes’ fear of hu­mans and prompted the un­usual be­hav­ior, ex­perts said. The state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion has given Rye, about 25 miles north­east of mid­town Man­hat­tan, per­mis­sion to shoot coy­otes on sight and kill any that are trapped, said Kevin Clarke, wildlife bi­ol­o­gist for the depart­ment.

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