One consistent worry about coyotes in Galveston is that their population is growing, as evidenced by an increase in coyote sightings.

But that’s not the case, according to local experts. Galveston’s coyote population is pretty stable. It’s their habitat that’s changing — and guess who’s behind that?

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227;


Deputy Managing Editor

Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Jim Claffy

Ms. Battistelli Gardner, have you ever seen a coyote engage a cat? Or maybe the remains of such engagements? If you want to talk about inhumanity that would be a good place to start. Your suggestion of keeping pets inside is impractical, if not impossible, because so many people simply won’t or can’t do it. Then, of course, you have the homeless animals that your editorial ignores. Peace, love, and understanding are admirable goals but sometimes one must recognize incompatibility.

Bailey Jones

My cameras pick up coyotes running down 26th street or our alley, pretty regularly - at least once a month. You should report your coyote sightings to the city's tracking tool -

To my mind, coyotes are just part of the natural world - like sharks and jellyfish - that we need to be aware of and avoid.

Gina Knight

The coyotes are awesome! What a wonderfully Texas treasure on our beaches dunes and streets. The fact that they are genetically unique with their red wolf DNA mixed in makes them even more amazing! Embrace this unique Galveston creature.. ( not literally as that might not end well)

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