After a petition that received more than 38,000 signatures, an online fundraising page that has seen more than 200 people donate $7,700 and all the media coverage that someone in marketing could only dream about, Cliff the coyote is still on the run throughout Newport and Middletown and his future home still is unknown.

Due to the enormous amount of support and public outcry for Cliff last week, Councilman Florez asked Middletown Police Department and Middletown Town Council for 3-5 days to raise funds to tranquilize and transport Cliff. At that time, Councilor Florez stated that he had made arrangement with a Massachusetts zoo and he created a GoFundMe page to aid in the campaign with the goal of $8,000.

Newport City Councilman John Florez toldThe Newport Daily News on Tuesday that the invitation from the Massachusetts zoo appears to be off the table and that Roger Williams Park Zoo lacks a suitable enclosure for the coyote, and building one would cost about $100,000.

Just two days after Middletown Police rescinded the kill order due to the public outcry, Cliff was spotted at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday trotting down Eustis Avenue and into someones yard.

Photo via Rebecca K.

This story will be updated as more information is made available.

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