- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) - Coyotes have made a return to Rhode Island, and experts say easy food access is to blame.

WPRI-TV reports The Conservation Agency has mapped the coyotes in a residential area of Aquidneck Island. In one case, a coyote was reported to have attacked a dog in its yard.

Coyote expert Numi Mitchell says efforts to remove the coyotes will be pointless unless the food sources are taken care of. Mitchell recommends people not to leave garbage, fruit or pet feeding outside.

She says she will host a community forum on coyotes Nov. 1. A location and time has yet to be determined.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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