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Hunting in Rhode Island: 3 Things to Know About Urban Coyote Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:30 AM

Hunting in Rhode Island offers opportunities for big game like deer and smaller game like wild turkey and rabbit. The state also allows hunting of coyotes, an animal increasingly venturing into urban and residential areas.

This has placed domestic animals at risk because, while animals like house cats are not their natural prey, coyotes may attack them if they’re in the proximity. In addition, as coyotes spend more time in urban areas, they lose their natural fear of humans. You’re allowed to hunt coyote in the cities and suburbs in Rhode Island, but unlike hunting the animal on designated grounds, you must take extra precautions to protect public safety in populated areas.

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Here are a few tips to keep you in compliance with local and state laws when hunting coyotes in urban Rhode Island.

1. There is no coyote hunting season.
On state land, you can only hunt coyote between November and March, as outlined in the Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide. On private land, however, there is no time when hunting coyote is illegal in Rhode Island. According to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the coyote is classified a protected furbearer under state law, but the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife established a “no closed season." This means anyone can take a coyote at any time of the year, with the exception of state hunting grounds.

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2. Only use certain hunting methods are allowed.
Rhode Island’s DEM regulations explain you can’t use snares, poison, or foothold traps to capture coyote. In addition, many cities and towns restrict the use of firearms, so you might not be able to use one in a densely populated area or at certain times of day. Consult the Division of Fish and Wildlife or the local police department to determine what type of weapons the state allows for hunting coyotes.

3. Use caution when hunting in populated areas.
When hunting in wilderness areas, you have more space to track and trap coyotes, and less risk of causing unintentional harm to others. However, Coyote Smarts, an informational organization based in Rhode Island, warned that some types of hunting, when used in residential areas, place both people and pets in danger and present more of a threat than that posed by the coyote.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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