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Island residents concerned with increasing coyote presence

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PADRE ISLAND, TX -

Padre Island residents raised their concerns about coyotes with the Island Strategic Action Committee Wednesday night. 

Residents say their neighborhoods have become hunting grounds for coyotes, making domestic pets potential prey. 

Coyotes have always had a presence on the island, but the increasing development is causing coyotes to come into contact with humans more frequently. 

Domestic pets have basically become a food source for coyotes, and they've pretty much eliminated one food source in particular. 

"If you think of it, there's no stray cat population here on the Island and that is because the coyotes will hunt them out," said island resident Jeff Beynon. 

Getting rid of the coyote population is more than likely not an option being with them being the top predator on the island. 

If the coyote population were to be eliminated, that would result in moving up the next predator on the food chain, which happens to be rattlesnakes. 

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