Cliff the Coyote was finally tranquilized and captured on Wednesday morning near Annandale Road in Newport, according to multiple sources.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) is expected to be released in a undisclosed location off of Aquidneck Island.

Due to the an online petition and public outcry for Cliff in September, 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.

The option of relocating him to a zoo, proved to be too costly according to Councilor Florez.

Councilor Florez told us  that the funds raised from the online fundraiser will be used to raise awareness and hopefully prevent this from happening again;

“ALL funds raised will be donated to Numi’s group and help create an awareness program in Middletown and Newport. The public needs to be educated on the dangers of leaving garbage out. The proliferation of these creatures is a real concern.”


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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).