The following article does a good job of explaining the growing coyote "problem" in Atlanta and how best to coexist with them. http://saportareport.com/blog/2012/03/coyotes-in-atlanta/ The key take-aways from this article are:
- Their goal in life is to eat and procreate (they will only reproduce in accordance with their food supply). If they have no food, then they will move on and reproduce less.
Trapping (i.e. killing) them does no good, as others will just move in.
- Keep your cats inside
- Keep your trashcans secured
most of you know, a family of coyotes has moved into the neighborhood and
has been frequently visible during daylight hours, including preying upon
domestic pets, especially cats. As
neighborhood watch chair, I researched coyote trapping methods and
reported this information to the GACA board.
- Wildlife trappers must be licensed by
the state to remove coyotes from the area. They use leg traps to catch the
coyotes, which are then euthanized, as it is not legal to relocate
board members expressed concern over the risks involved in trapping. It is possible for domestic pets to be
injured by leg traps. It would
also be possible for a child (or adult) to approach a coyote trapped in a
leg trap. If the child (or adult)
got too close to the trapped wild animal, it would attack and could do
significant harm to the child (or adult).
these risks, the GACA board has voted against the concept of funding or
partially funding trappers to remove the coyotes. The potential liability for board
members is considered to be too high.
can work together independently and voluntarily to hire trappers to
remove coyotes from their own property, but the GACA board will not
participate with coyote removal in any way. The GACA board is providing this
information only, and is not making any recommendations regarding coyote
are several ways we can discourage the coyotes when they are in the
neighborhood. We recommend that
all residents take these actions and hopefully the coyotes will move to
not leave small children outdoors unattended. Always supervise small children
small domestic pets indoors as much as possible. Many neighborhood cats have fallen
prey to these coyotes. It is my
understanding that the “leash law” in DeKalb County applies to cats as
well as dogs – they should not be left to run loose in the
neighborhood. Protect your
pets. Do not leave them outdoors
unsupervised or they could become coyote victims.
you feed your pets outdoors, do not leave uneaten pet food outside for
long. Wild animals will take the
easiest method for getting food. If your pet leaves food uneaten,
coyotes or other critters will eat it for them. (I learned this lesson the hard way
myself. Leaving dog food outside
invites wild animals, including coyotes and rats.)
you see the coyotes, do everything possible to SCARE them! They are too comfortable around people
who do not threaten them.
ROCKS or other projectiles at them!
yourself as threatening as possible.
When I personally encountered a coyote with a dead cat on
February 13, I picked up a big rock, yelled at the coyote (who
immediately dropped his victim and ran), heaved the rock at the coyote,
and chased him. He ran away from
me as fast as he could.
we will all work together, we can make our neighborhood as uninviting to
them as possible. By doing this,
hopefully they will move to another neighborhood that just ignores or
“lives with” the coyotes.
see http://www.awareone.org/ for
more information regarding “Urban” coyotes.