Coyote on Citrona and Belvedere Avenue Fernandina

I know the picture isn’t great, but this was taken from a video I managed with an iPhone at some distance.   About 9:50, it ran past the car on Citrona and turned down Belvedere.   The color is brown with some grey and, at first, I thought it was a stray dog.  It looked to be about 40 to 50 pounds.   It was thin, but definitely not missing meals.  Since this sighting, I’ve heard of coyote sightings at my neighbor’s home, on 8th Street by the owner of Hot Paws, on Atlantic, on the beach and in Historic Downtown Fernandina.

Reading more about the breeding behavior of coyote, they increase litter size or frequency of breeding based on available food.  I see a variety of responses to increase of coyote populations.  I’m sure we all agree finding a reasonable balance would be better than less humane methods. The most logical way to handle the potential disruption is to pass no-feeding ordinances and to discuss ways of resolving issues with any future problem animals.  In other words, if we remove artificial supplies of food, the population will only grow to match the natural food supply.  Given the intelligence of the animals, we would do well to consider a food ordinance sooner, not later.  Imagine a future coyote population based on open garbage cans and well-intentioned feeding of other animals.

While Rhode Island and other states have laws on the books that prohibit the feeding of wildlife, local ordinances can be a valuable management tool for communities with active coyote populations. All four towns on Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands—Middletown, Portsmouth, Newport and Jamestown—have adopted a “no-feeding ordinance” recommended by the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. The ordinance prohibits not only the intentional feeding of coyotes and other wildlife, but also the leaving of food attractants of any kind in places where it is accessible to them. As the study’s lead scientist points out, “Since the problem coyotes that are created by feeding do not recognize town boundaries, the towns’ ordinances are mutually supporting and should decrease coyote traffic in neighborhoods and interactions between people, their pets, and coyotes. Source: http://www.coyotesmarts.org/management-tools/ 7/2/2017

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3 comments to Coyote on Citrona and Belvedere Avenue Fernandina

  • Susan

    Your eyes are better than mine Ed! I see nothing.

    • Ed Boner

      If you look at the lower left side of the garage door, the image came from a video taken with my iphone….through a window, while moving. It passed by my car on Citrona and I just took a double-take….hey, that’s not a dog!

  • edboner

    This post has been edited with information on no-feeding ordinances in other areas with coyote. Better and more humane….we don’t appear to enforce no feeding in Fernandina, but would do well to consider this long before a population becomes a nuisance.

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