At the regular time for public comment on Wednesday May 29, Ms. Melissa Aldrich, a resident of Drummond Street, alerted the Mayor and Council to a growing problem of invasive coyotes in the Braeswood area northwest of Reliant Stadium near the Buffalo Bayou. Ms. Aldrich stated that the problem began about 2 years ago.
Coyotes were responsible for pet deaths and began threatening people walking dogs in the area. As a result, she and other neighbors educated themselves about the behavior of coyotes and worked with the Texas Wildlife services to take action on occasion.
As Ms. Aldrich stated and the Mayor confirmed, the City of Houston has hired a predator specialist in the past, but the position was eliminated with necessary budget cuts. BARC, the Houston animal rescue service, deals primarily with cats and dogs, and is currently overwhelmed with a cat population explosion. Similarly, Texas Parks and Wildlife Services is understaffed. In this case, the state supervisor came personally to deal with the problem.