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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