Skip to comments.Local coyote population skyrocketing (Atlanta)
Posted on 03/06/2013 5:56:55 AM PST by Pan_Yan
ATLANTA - Animal experts say the population of coyotes is growing faster than they can keep up with. The latest example comes from Midtown Atlanta, where one resident spotted and photographed a coyote.
"Whenever they do drop down, they rebound really quick. Sixty to 80 percent of the adult female coyotes are going to have pups every year," said Elliot.
Elliot warns don't be fooled by the animal's appearance; coyotes are natural predators and small pets have become prey, so he advises to be careful especially if your pets spend a lot of time outside.
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The owner of the dairy farm next door is not only allowing us to hunt his land free for deer, turkey, ect, but is paying for coyote heads. I have four duck blinds out there that I am using to nab coyotes right now.
I hate them suckers. They are killing his cattle. They will stalk family pets and its only a matter of time before they get brave enough to go snatch a kid. Shoot on site.
This falls under the heading of tell me something I didn’t already know. We are lousy with them in our neighborhood.
One came out of the bushes one night while we were walking the dogs. Our Beagle Buddy took one look at it and went into full pack bay and charged it out to the end of his retractable leash. That coyote did a 180 and back in the woods. Who knew Buddy had a dark side? LOL!!!
The coyote population around the country appears to be exploding. The other night yipping coyotes woke me and my wife up. I can’t remember coyotes being around my area when was growing up. Now they seem to be everywhere.
How do you bait them? I have some suppressed firearms I want to try out from the back deck.
We used to have a flock of wild chickens that lived in the woods behind our house and often would come up into the yard and camp out under my bedroom window. I appreciate the coyote or fox which eventually ended that problem for me.
They should be paying bounties on coyotes - $20 buck a pelt or more...
Canned cat food or fresh deer meat. A predator call works, but you must be hidden, preferably in an elevated blind.
There are old timey ways as well, but PETA would have me skinned if I were to mention them.
In San Francisco they have been showing up in Golden Gate Park. Plenty of food in the garbage cans. Plus missing cats are being posted more on the phone poles. The coyotes/wolf come in from Marin County crossing the GG Bridge. The have their own lawyers and support groups standing up for them. Eventually some child will become a victim.
Actually, Atlanta has a skyrocketing population of several varieties of ‘vermin’.
We’re in Florida, live on a golf course, and the coyotes love our part of town.
I’d never seen a coyote before, but early one morning, a couple of years ago, I saw what looked like a shaggy stray running down the fairway (well it’s not really a run, wonder what you call their gait, more than a walk, less than a run.) I called my husband and he realized, right away, that it was a coyote.
Interesting thing to me is, although you only see one at a time (and I know there are several because of different colors)...they all seem to follow the same path home in the early AM, up the fairway, past the clubhouse and back into the woods.
Getting used to the yapping sound they make in the early morning or in the evening was a whole other lesson. Neighborhood association warns to keep cats inside, because cat carcasses are found every now and then. One attacked a dog who was being walked by it’s owner...but it was a toy breed, so easy prey.
Yum! Chicken-fried coyote witha side of succotash and a bottle of Potosi beer! Now that’s the way to live!
I laughed when you said the coyotes have lawyers and support groups working for them, and then I realized with a shudder that it was SF and that you were completely serious.
Dogs know even though dogs and coyotes interbreed now and then most dogs hate coyotes.
“I guess it helps keep the stray cat population down.”
This has been the chief benefit of coyote population growth. Songbirds are doing better generally in urban areas with coyotes.
Besides, the coyotes are fun to watch hunting mice beside the freeways!
My husband walks the puppy at night. Last week, he came back rather quickly, reporting that 3-4 bands of coyotes had taken up position around our property and across the road on the other side of the river. They were yipping and howling, setting the neighborhood dogs to doing the same. The pup was oblivious. DH said he will be carrying from now on during the night-time walks. There are entirely too many of them.
I was at the home of local lib a few years back when a hunter came by to ask if he could take his dogs on her property to get coyotes. This is considered by most out here to be a favor, but the lib was incensed. Funny thing is, she has a chihuahua, aka: snack.
“dogs and coyotes interbreed”
None of the genetic studies show dog genes in wild coyotes however they do show wolf crossbreeding. That’s why eastern coyotes are so much larger than western ones. I wonder if the Georgia ones are eastern coyotes.
Coyotes used to be controlled by a simple use of Compound 1080.
Then someone’s dog got killed and the US Government banned it.
The coyote population then exploded.
The NY Times environment blog recently noted their presence in the city, and being the Times, thinks it's a good thing..( until, I guess, one runs off with an infant)
Yep, a trot describes it very well. I’m a “city” girl, and describing animals gaits escapes me. But that’s the perfect word.
We’re very fortunate...we live in the middle of the city, but near a large lake/nature preserve, and a golf course with lots of small lakes (or big water hazards, LOL.)
We have so much wildlife for being in the middle of the city, and the variety of birds: eagles, osprey, roseate spoonbills, woodstorks, egrits, heron, ibis, etc. So when I look out my window, I feel like I’m in the country (if that word can apply to Florida woodlands.)
Coyotes have brought a new excitement...we’ve been living with gators for years that we regularly see on the banks of the water hazards, and occasionally one might crawl into your back yard, so seeing a gator is no big deal...but when the coyotes “came to town” it made nature watching a little more interesting (and we’re early risers so I think that’s why we’ve seen them more than some other folks because we see them returning from a night on the prowl.)
Do web search for varmint/predator calling. Magazine named “Extreme Predator” has current trends and fur prices. Hand/mouth calls or you can go large and use electronics.
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