A proposed coyote-culling effort is no longer in consideration for the town of Princeton. Town officials, who had previously proposed hiring sharpshooters to reduce the growing coyote population in the area, decided against the idea Monday at a council meeting.
The town’s Animal Control Advisory Committee recommended that the town council reverse the decision made earlier this month to launch a controlled hunt, The Times of Trenton reported. While researching the issue, the subcommittee determined that controlled hunts are typically ineffective in suburban areas like Princeton. Instead, officials will launch a public education campaign to inform residents how to deal with coyotes.
The town of Princeton is estimated to contain 80 coyotes in two separate packs. Coyotes have been sighted by the Institute for Advanced Study and by the Princeton Community Village area, although these sightings do not necessarily represent the location of the packs. A dog and a few cats have reportedly been killed by coyotes.