The life of a Rhode Island coyote who was set to be euthanized has been spared, but it is unclear if the decision will hold up, according to necn affiliate WJAR.
Police in Middletown initially said the animal living on Aquidneck Island was a public safety concern would be shot and killed. The coyote, named Cliff, has become comfortable around people and is tracked with a GPS collar.
Friday, Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare issued a release rescinding the order to have Cliff killed. Instead, police intend to capture and move him.
Newport City Councilman John Florez, however, tells WJAR it is illegal to transport wild animals unless they are going to zoos. Police are working with Florez on a plan to move Cliff to a zoo in the area.
As of Friday, an online petition to save Cliff's life had 34,340 signatures, approaching its goal of 35,000.