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July 8, 2013

Coyote problem on Plum Island prompts warning

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Newburyport officials did not provide details of where precisely on the island the coyotes are being seen. When asked for details, Lipinski directed all inquires to Newburyport Director of Public Health Robert F. Bracey, who was unavailable from comment.

The Newburyport portion of Plum Island is the northernmost tip, and one of the most densely populated areas of the island.

So far, on the Newbury section of the island, everything seems to be fine.

“I’ve yet to see a coyote on Plum Island,” said two-year resident Brett Fontaine. “This is actually the first time I’ve heard of the coyotes. I’ve heard some howling and stuff but I have not seen any actual coyotes.”

“I don’t know why (this summer) would be any different,” said Larocque. “We’ve always had them. I haven’t gotten any calls this year on fox or coyotes. Usually by now, I’m getting inundated with calls. But no, I haven’t had any. Everything is normal, nothing out of the ordinary.”

“They must have had an issue. That’s all I can think of,” Larocque said of the Newburyport press release. “I really don’t know, that’s up to their Board of Health.”

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