EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A growing coyote population in Emerald Isle is forcing the town to take new measures to protect its residents.
WNCT spoke with residents who said the coyote problem has only gotten worse in the past year.
“There have been deer on this island for god knows how long, and this is like the first year of coyotes, said David Edwards, resident. “I’m not saying they haven’t been here, but obviously there are getting to be as many coyotes as there are deer.”
The town of Emerald Isle is sponsoring a new program aimed at making it easier for residents to get help trapping coyotes.
“The board adopted an ordinance two weeks ago that basically allows the coyote trapping to occur in Emerald Isle, but it puts notification requirements on the trapper and the property owner,” said Frank Rush, Emerald Isle town manager.
Rush said it’s to ensure the police department knows where the traps are located.
Coyotes are being spotted near the public boating access, Janell Lane and 10 other locations across the island.
They’re especially present along one canal where there are plenty of food sources.
Residents say they’re concerned it will get worse.
“They move so freely now, when you start seeing them during the day and not just at night, then you know they’re getting comfortable.”