Coyotes in Decatur Have Neighbors Upset

DECATUR (WAOK/AJC)-A Decatur neighborhood is the latest in the metro Atlanta area to report problems with coyotes allegedly attacking pets and frightening people.  A woman said a coyote killed her cat recently along East Parkwood Road near Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The woman is now leading an effort to get Decatur city officials to develop a plan for dealing with coyotes – even if that means trapping and killing the animals. She and other residents plan to attend a City Council meeting on Dec. 5 to demand action.

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said her staff is encouraging residents to try to learn to live with the coyotes, and offers tips, such as keeping all cat and dog food inside.

The state DNR and the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) say residents can reduce the chances of unwanted coyote encounters by doing the following:

— Keep an eye on your pets, take them indoors at  night and don’t let them wander from your yard.

— If pets must be kept outside, put up fencing to discourage coyotes.

— Don’t leave pet food bowls outdoors; coyotes are attracted by the smell.

— Keep small livestock or poultry in an enclosed or sheltered area.

— Get lock-top garbage cans and attach them to the house or fence, or build an enclosure for them.

— If you encounter a coyote, clap your hands, yell and generally make a lot of noise to scare it away.

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  • Sarah

    We have encroached into the living spaces of wild animals, where else do you expect them to go? We have over built without thinking of the wildlife, plus some of us like petting or domesticating these creatures, now this is the end result..Keep your pets indoors if you don’t want them to become dinner for these creatures…

  • Cassie

    If this were rural Arizona, I would agree. However we are not in coyote country, the coyotes have no natural right to be here, they are opportunistic scavengers, and they are feeding off of our garbage and our pets.

    Not exactly wild and free, is it?

    They are more like violent raccoons than anything else, really. They have no predators in this ecosystem besides humans, it is our actions that brought them here thousands of miles out of their original range, it is our responsibility to control them.

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