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August 26, 2013

On Plum Island, coyotes targeting residents' pets

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A resident of Plum Island for the past 16 years, Williams often sees coyotes during her morning jogs.

“Honestly, there is a different poster up daily for a missing cat,” she said. “About four or five years ago, nine cats in my neighborhood all went missing.”

But she also understands that with great views and beautiful beaches comes a more wild reality on Plum Island.

“I feel sorry for both animals,” she said. “I love that on Plum Island, it’s live and let live. You can let your dogs go off-leash and the neighbors don’t complain. We have this great neighborhood of animals, and it is sad now to have to keep an animal indoors. But at the same time, I feel sorry for the coyote. We took over their land, as well. But I feel that something needs to be done. People can’t keep losing animals over this. The rabbit population here is crazy. I don’t know why they’re not eating all the rabbits; maybe cats are easier to catch.”

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