Princeton's animal control advisory committee has decided against hiring sharpshooters to hunt coyotes.
The town will start collecting information about the animals instead. It will also instruct residents on how to keep coyotes away from their homes and how to protect their pets.
Council President Bernie Miller tells The Times of Trenton the committee's research showed eradicating coyotes from hot spots in suburban areas proves fairly ineffective because new populations of coyotes just move in.
“What we determined was that most communities that are like Princeton… use an educational program and a coyote cull works best in rural areas where you can trap, bait and can actually shoot the coyotes,” Miller told the paper.
The town has received numerous complaints about two packs of an estimated 80 coyotes in recent years.
The town could revisit the issue when coyote hunting season opens again.