Coyote captured in Galveston

Several pets in area recently killed by coyote

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GALVESTON, Texas - A coyote suspected of killing several pets has been captured and killed.

Galveston police said they caught the coyote in a field near Colony Park on Wednesday.

The coyote was euthanized a short time later and will be tested.

Several area residents reported that their pets had been killed recently, officials said.

Galveston's police chief Henry Porretto said the city does have a problem with coyote dens in several parts of town. But with only one animal control officer, after the second resigned, Porretto said it has been a challenge. "We have several traps out, several other methods we're using to try to eradicate the problem," Porretto said. "We've addressed those as good as we can under the circumstances we're in."

He said the city has now posted the job listing for a second animal control officer and hoped to fill the position within the next two weeks.

Porretto urged all residents to report any coyote sightings to police. He also said residents should not try to catch or kill the coyotes themselves.

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