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Nearby Sandy Springs: Coyote Attack

Coyotes have been a problem in Sandy Springs too. Should Sandy Springs and Fulton County make a concerted effort to reduce the coyote population size?

 

 

The latest coyote attack was nearby in Roswell, last Saturday.

According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, a Roswell family dog - a 40-pound Australian mix - suffered several wounds in an attack in the backyard.

Coyotes have also been a problem in Sandy Springs. . Huntcliff Homeowners Association decided to hire trappers, last year. But experts say the animals are adaptable and move to new locations when they sense trappers, said Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult during a February City Council meeting.

What do you think? Should Sandy Springs and Fulton County make a concerted effort to reduce the coyote population size? Or should we learn how to coexsist with them?

Roxane Caspary April 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The reason coyotes are here in Georgia is that humans have encroached on their natural habitat and we've killed off their natural predators as well (wolves and cougars once roamed Georgia). Coyotes, same as any animal, needs food and fresh water to survive. I do not believe they should be penalized and hunted for doing what comes naturally. I am an pet and animal-loving person. Please keep your pets indoors or supervised in a fenced yard or well populated place like a dog park. Coyotes are naturally shy animals. We need to take responsibility for the situation created by man. Respect for animals, BOTH wild and domesticated is a humane approach that we all can live with!
Mike LaPaglia April 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
That human encroachment is a worn answer. The reason is that the population is at an all time high. If you really loved animals then you would cull the populations so they would stay healthy and not become a problem that will demand killing diseased or starving packs. A hungry Coyote will at some point take a small child just the way it tricks small dogs into playing and then the pack eats it. Non believers look it up on the internet. Plenty of food equals good Coyotes, lack of food equals natural behavior and the animal is a predator.
Kathy Reed April 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
http://georgiawildlife.com/node/2630 Above is a link to an article from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, that might be helpful in responding to residents with concerns. It contains information on protecting your home and pets from coyotes, and has a link to a list of licensed trappers. Note that the recommended solution is euthanasia instead of relocation. I would urge anyone considering trapping a coyote to be sure the trapper uses humane methods. Kathy Reed Executive Director Keep North Fulton Beautiful, Inc. d.b.a. Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful
Kendra B April 18, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Yesterday around 7:45 pm, I saw a coyote crossing Glenlake Drive near the UPS headquarters crossing from the apartments going into the woods. I knew there is a little dog park at the apartments and thought it was odd the coyote was coming from there. I am a little worried to let my dog out at night now.
Yuell April 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Let the coyotes alone! Don't feed them and tell your neighbors that are feeding them to knock it off! Keep your animals in your fenced in areas and do what-ever it takes to keep those areas secure. Walk your dogs regularly and keep them on a leash. (Take poop bags with you and clean up their messes!) I usually carry a sturdy stick with me when I hike through the woods that can be used to fend off an attacker though I use the stick most often to clear cob webs out of the way. Use some common sense folks.
chrisrus April 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Looks like it's six-foot fences around all of our houses in the future. Does your neighborhood beautification council know about this? Sigh. "Daddy, why in all the old movies shot before 2012 didn't all the houses have six-foot chain link fences around them?" "Well, honey, that was before we decided to be nice to coywolves."
Carla Self November 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Just wanted to alert anyone on Dalrymple Road near the power line that one or more coyotes jumped my 4 foot fence and took my 10 Lb dog early morning November 25. My 25 lb dog was badly mauled.
Jack Baker Jr. April 04, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I believe you need to read the articles about children being attacked by coyotes across the U.S. and know that the coyote eats it's prey ( your child, dog, cat, deer...) while they are alive and it is normally a long gruesome death. If you do nothing they will reach capacity and tapper off biologist say and you will be locked in your house only to go out with gun. If you kill one that could equate to 20+ less five years down the road. We caused the problem we need to fix it and fast. Our deer population is dropping drastically and the coyotes are multiplying. when there are no more deer they coming after your dear and they have already started.

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