October 06, 2015
Coyotes are everywhere – New York City, Chicago, Boca Raton, and Johns Creek. They are cunning, adaptable, and occasionally dangerous to pets.
Canis latrans are present in all 159 counties in Georgia. In suburban areas, coyotes typically live in wooded neighborhoods or areas like the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, but they can range. Coyotes are generally frightened of humans and will avoid contact when possible. However, they will prey on cats, small dogs, rabbits, chickens, etc.
The Department of Natural Resources has a list of trappers for nuisance wildlife, but trapping and removing coyotes is often a temporary solution. When one family is removed, others will move into the vacated territory. As long as food exists, coyotes will be present.
Prevention is the best defense against coyotes. If you believe a coyote is in an area where pets roam, take precautions:
Bring pets indoors at night – this is the coyote’s primary hunting time.
If a pet must be kept outside, install fencing and motion-activated lighting.
Clean and store grills when not in use.
Keep pet food indoors or feed your pet indoors, and refill bird feeders in small amounts. Large amounts of bird feed attract squirrels and other rodents, which draws coyotes.
Keep trash can lids securely fastened, or store trash cans in a secured location.
Cut back brush where coyotes can hide.
Do not feed coyotes!
If you encounter an aggressive animal of any kind, please call 9-1-1. For more information, please see the synopsis on coyotes from georgiawildlife.com.