Curious About Coyotes’ Rights

BOSTON (CBS) — When Environmental Police shot and killed a coyote in Beacon Hill last weekend, it got a lot of attention. Seeing a coyote shot and killed is rare because the law protects them.

John in Boston Declared his Curiosity asking, “Why are they protected? They serve no useful purpose!”

Lois in Westford was also curious writing, “A coyote moved in behind my house… And apparently there’s no way to move him out?!”

Laura Hajduk of MassWildlife explains coyotes should be protected because they are a “valuable natural resource.”

WBZ-TV’s David Wade reports.

Paul Caira in Nahant wouldn’t agree. He believes the ones in his yard killed one of his cats. He thinks the state should track the coyotes down and release them in other areas.

“They should be relocated to an area that they can be hunted or where they can fend for themselves,” he said

But state law is very clear. You can not take a coyote and move it out into the wilderness.  Environmental officers can shoot it, but only if they are a threat to people.

“If we pick up a coyote from Cambridge and move out here to Westboro, there are already coyotes here,” said Hajduk. “And is it fair to move an animal you view as a problem and put it in someone else’s yard?”

Every mainland Massachusetts town now has coyotes.

Coyote hunting season runs from October to early spring.

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  • gramps

    John you ask: “Why are they protected? They serve no useful purpose!”.

    In reading the above, it appears that ‘Coyotes’ are just Democrats/Progressives in fur coats…..


  • plymouth

    We have taken over their homes. not the other way around.

    • blackbear1

      plymouth, nice “silly talk”!! A. They have moved in and migated and B. The coyotes in my backyard are not complaining about their tax bills. They don’t have homes, you and I do.

    • Bruce W Lynch

      Yes. We cleared them all out. Harmful wild animals should not be allowed to live near civilized humans or their pets.

      On one’s own property hunting should be allowed all year.

      We have heard reports of young children being attacked, of course. By 1950 in Massachusetts we had rid the state, as far as I could tell, of Wolves, Bears, Coyotes. I think the fox or weasel was the worst we had.

      Now e have Fisher Carts. Have you heard them, so loud at night? They kill pets too.

      “Jan 3, 2011 … The north suburb incident is only the latest in a string of Chicagoland attacks by maraurding coyotes”

      In Massachusetts Coyote Hunting season is Jan 1 through March 8th. Go get those Coyotes!

  • Acme Products

    Beep, Beep…

  • Cynic

    Thanks for the Photo…. I thought a Coyote was a Woman that liked young guys…I was wondering why the Cops would shoot them.

  • Sharon

    Since I live in Allston, I believe the coyotes are keeping rats under control…….
    so in Boston, there are useful…………..

    My dog loves chasing them……..untill a pack chased her 2 years ago.

  • Benny

    We need more coyotes and fewer stupid white people.

  • xjma

    coyotes are invasive species. they have never been native to the northeast. if you’re not a city slicker and you own land, you can shoot/trap them on your property all you want. otherwise you can hunt them on others property until march 8th, and start again oct 15th and go till the following march 8th, trapping season is all november.

    If they have caused property damage (your fluffy is considered property), google “massachusetts problem animal control agents.”

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