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Suburban council vetoes idea to shoot coyotes with paintball guns

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GENEVA, Ill -- A far western suburb was considering arming its police and even the public with paintball guns in order to combat the problem of coyote attacks in the area.

But Monday night the Geneva city council dismissed that plan in favor of an ordinance that focuses on education the police and public on coyote management.

The ordinance details ways people can “haze,” or scare off the animals by making loud noises or throwing something at them. Projectiles from weapons are not involved. The council felt that was unsafe. It remains illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Geneva, officials stated at the meeting. That includes paintball guns.

Coyotes were responsible for four pet attacks from May 2014 – December 2014.

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