By Jeff Gammage
Inquirer Staff Writer
For months they’ve run on the periphery of the debate over the plan to shoot deer at Valley Forge national park: Coyotes.
A small number have taken residence inside the park, among the “urban coyotes” that dwell in places from New York to Chicago to Beverly Hills, Calif.
Now, animal-rights advocates are arguing that the number of coyotes in Valley Forge should be encouraged to grow, as a way to provide a predatory check on the deer and eliminate any cause for gunfire.
“It would serve as a natural form of population control,” said Matthew McLaughlin, director of the Pennsylvania chapter of Friends of Animals.