League City police were called to a residence in South Shore Harbour Monday to kill a coyote that was cornered in a backyard by the resident’s dog, Lt. Bruce Whitten said Tuesday.
Animal control first responded to the call at about 4:30 p.m. and contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife for assistance, but TPWD personnel advised that they could not be there quickly. A police officer at the scene killed the coyote with a shotgun, Whitten said.
Animal control officers do not always kill coyotes, which are common in residential areas, but in this case the animal was deemed a danger to the public, Animal Control Superintendent Laural Powell told The Citizen.
There are several factors that go into that decision, Powell said. In this case, the coyote was in a heavily populated residential area and was used to humans, she said. Also, coyotes do not like the smell of humans and are difficult to trap, and animal control did not have the option of releasing the animal into the neighborhood, so the only choice was to put the animal down, she said.