LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In a 9-3 vote, the Calcasieu Parish Police jury voted on what they believe is the first step to fixing the coyote problem in Southwest Louisiana.
Low priority coyote problems will be handled by current parish staff. Higher priority coyote problems will be contracted out to professional trappers on a case by case basis.
At Tuesday night's meeting, jurors voted to allow the parish to spend, up to and not exceeding, $20,000. $10,000 will be spent on awareness and education programs, and $5,000 will be spent on purchasing traps to loan out to the public.
While jurors approved the parish's staff recommendation, they are aware the coyote problem will always exist.
"I think the $20,000 gives us a barometer of where we need to be, as far as what we need to spend down the road. Honestly, I think we are going to have to hire someone on a full time basis," said Police Jury President, Kevin Guidry.
"We need some kind of funding to move forward, and that's the amount ($20,000) they came up with. Realistically, we know what the problem is. We just don't know what the solution is," said Police Juror, Francis Andrepont.