Neighborhood coyote won't be euthanized after public outcry

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Posted: Sep 25, 2016 3:00 PM

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A coyote in Rhode Island that was set to be euthanized for fearlessly roaming neighborhoods has been spared after public outcry.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2dbE187) the coyote, known as Cliff, will be relocated from Aquidneck Island to an area zoo. It wasn't immediately clear which zoo Cliff will soon call home.

The move was announced Friday, just hours before a hunter was set to find and shoot Cliff.

Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare says he consulted scientists from the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study because the animal had grown too comfortable around people. Cliff was spotted roaming neighborhoods in broad daylight, foraging for food in Dumpsters and sunbathing on lawns.

Pesare says the decision was made to euthanize Cliff after the coyote appeared at a bus stop filled with children.