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April 22, 2009

NORTH TONAWANDA: Coyote awareness event scheduled

Third Ward North Tonawanda Council Member Nancy Donovan is hosting a town hall meeting to address three recent coyote attacks in her ward.

Constituents or other interested individuals are invited to attend the event, to be held at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave.

Donovan said a representative from the SPCA will be on hand to talk about the incidents, as well as someone from a local dog daycare called Oh My Dog, in the city.

Oh My Dog has offered to make available a fenced-in yard for residents to walk their pets if they are concerned about the coyote presence.

Mayor Larry Soos is planning to attend, and said a separate public meeting with a representative of the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be scheduled somewhere in the city next week.

Police shot a coyote April 16 after it bit a man on Zimmerman Street. The animal turned out not to have rabies. A couple of days earlier another man was bitten near the Wurlitzer factory building on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Yet another bite was reported on Sweeney Street March 31. In the first two incidents, however, the coyote could not be located.

Officials don’t know if the incidents all involved the same animal that was shot. The city has gotten approval from the state to hire a trapper.

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