Coyotes’ big presence in Tucson neighborhood draws response
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A large numbers of coyote sightings in a midtown Tucson neighborhood is prompting a response that includes firing non-lethal paintball guns at the animals.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that state Game and Fish Department officers’ use of paintball guns is intended to deter the animals and also mark them to provide a better understanding of the size of the coyote population roaming the Catalina Vista neighborhood.
The department on Tuesday also announced a zero-tolerance policy against feeding wildlife in the neighborhood. Violations could come with a $300 fine under state law.
City Councilman Steve Kozachik says 17 coyotes were seen at one time when food was left on a grassy roundabout in the neighborhood.
Kozachik says coyotes are welcome but not if the animals aren’t afraid of animals.