Portsmouth, R.I., bans feeding coyotes, wild animals

The town of Portsmouth has banned feeding wild animals as part of an effort to keep coyotes away from homes and to reduce attacks on pets. The Newport Daily News reported that the Town Council passed the ban Monday, making it the second Rhode Island community to institute such a rule. Middletown was the first. Councilman John Blaess said it will not eradicate coyotes, but it is a step to recognizing the town has a problem with them. The rule bars residents from leaving food outside in any area where a coyote or other wild animal could get to it.