Coyotes frighten Atlanta suburb

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 7:15 AM
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DECATUR, Ga. — Residents in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur say that coyotes are threatening their pets, and that one of the animals snatched a cat from the front porch of a home.

Christy Bosarge, who says a coyote killed her cat recently on her porch, is among residents who want city leaders to come up with a plan to deal with the coyotes, including possibly trapping them.

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/s8PsLz) that others believe the natural environment should be protected.

Bosarge and other residents plan to attend a Dec. 5 Decatur City Council meeting to demand action.

The concerns are being expressed after homeowners in the Huntcliff Homeowner’s Association north of Atlanta recently decided to hire a coyote trapper to capture and kill the animals in their neighborhood.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/11 - 08:53 am
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When coyotes come onto a

When coyotes come onto a porch to snatch a pet, it's time to do something about them. I sincerely hope people are keeping their small children in doors and no babies sitting around in their carriers.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 11/22/11 - 09:02 am
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They are varmints and need to

They are varmints and need to be dealt with as varmints. Shoot 'em and be done with 'em.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/22/11 - 09:22 am
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Yep...it is time to do

Yep...it is time to do something about them...bears are showing uptooin some locations..

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/22/11 - 09:24 am
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Coyotes are NOT an endangered
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Coyotes are NOT an endangered species. Have a season and let the hunters thin their numbers. Problem solved.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 09:30 am
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There are no regulations

There are no regulations concerning coyotes; they can be shot on sight if it is legal to discharge a firearm in that location, which includes most of Columbia County.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 09:34 am
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"others believe the natural

"others believe the natural environment should be protected."

Coyotes are not part of Georgia's "natural" environment you stupid environmentalists; they are an invasive pest transplanted here.

msgret92
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msgret92 11/22/11 - 11:06 am
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Why is it the governments/tax

Why is it the governments/tax payers responsibility?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/22/11 - 11:12 am
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The headline and the first

The headline and the first sentence may have misled MsGret92. They call Decatur a "suburb." Decatur actually is a city with its own city government. It is a large city and it has an animal control department. One of the responsibilities of an animal control department is to control animal pests. The citizens of Decatur are paying for the service through their taxes.

Now, if the citizens of Decatur decide their taxes are too high, they can petition to have the animal control department abolished and take matters into their own hands. It just depends on what government model the citizens decide on.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/22/11 - 11:15 am
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Decatur is a large,

Decatur is a large, densely-populated city. It likely has laws prohibiting the discharge of firearms within city limits. However, as Decatur is also a high-crime city, it is likely that many of its citizens ignore the prohibition.

Cadence
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Cadence 11/22/11 - 11:23 am
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Coyotes are incredibly smart,

Coyotes are incredibly smart, though. They can build all kinds of explosive devices and catapults and such. They can order from catalogs like the ACME TNT company. They tend to be single minded, though, and pursue goals long past the time they should have given up and gone to KFC.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/22/11 - 01:01 pm
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You tell 'em Vito! LOL

You tell 'em Vito!

LOL Cadence!

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 01:31 pm
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"One of the responsibilities

"One of the responsibilities of an animal control department is to control animal pests."

Not so, at least in Richmond County. A fox was seen on the canal MTB trail acting strange (not fleeing from humans), so I called RCAC to report it. They said they only deal with domestic animals and to call DNR agents. I called them and they said "we don't get involved, you need to call a professional trapper". I said, "what if I shoot it myself"? You know what that answer was...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/22/11 - 01:51 pm
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Well, good point, Vito. If

Well, good point, Vito. If Decatur animal control officers don't want to mess with the coyotes, the citizens will face a dilemma. Is the nuisance worth taking individual action in the face of city government non-action? Will the state government DNR be willing to fool with the inconvenience? If they decide on personal intervention, it would be better not to ask government authorities if it's okay.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 11/22/11 - 03:26 pm
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I hate to be the one telling

I hate to be the one telling all y'all but south Richmond has a coyote problem. A few years ago one could hear coyotes once in a while howling down along the river and just north of Burke. Now y'hear 'em howling all around the Bennock Mill pond area and running after people's goats and livestock as well as trying to get into people's trash cans in yards. These vermin are multiplying like mad and we're gonna have to do something...

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burninater 11/22/11 - 03:53 pm
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We had to deal with coyotes

We had to deal with coyotes in Denver -- if you've got an indoor/outdoor cat, try to keep them indoors between sunset and sunrise, when the coyotes are most active.

As Vito pointed out, coyotes are believed to be new to the East coast. But at least they are native to the U.S. -- housecats aren't even from the same hemisphere. So, if we're going to play the native species game of housecats vs coyotes, well ...

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 04:41 pm
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Housecats aren't considered

Housecats aren't considered invasive pests either; at least by non-bird-hunters.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 04:46 pm
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TheGeorgian, they are in

TheGeorgian, they are in ColCo too, just not as thick as Jefferson and Burke.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/11 - 05:17 pm
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I just makes me crazy to see

I just makes me crazy to see someone set an infant down outside in a carrier and walk away or leave small children outside alone. We do have some local problems remember these...

In 2009, a rabid coyote attacked a dozen cattle near Appling. Also in 09 a rabid fox appeared at a residence on Creekwalk Circle near The Pass and attacked a 72-year-old woman and her 67-year-old neighbor.
Deputies shot and killed the fox and both women required medical treatment.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/22/11 - 06:23 pm
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Vito, I agree with Little

Vito, I agree with Little Lamb, about not asking if it's ok. It's probably best to ask forgiveness instead of permission.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/22/11 - 06:33 pm
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My particular neighborhood

My particular neighborhood has it written into the covenents about discharge of firearms, but we are in unincorporated territory, as is most of the county. I wouldn't hesitate to bust a cap in one if he shows up around my property. We have a 5 foot fence to protect the pups, but it is said these critters can scale an 8 ft fence, so we don't even let them out at night unless we go out with them.

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heartablazing 11/22/11 - 06:46 pm
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At least Columbia county

At least Columbia county animal control will respond to calls for rabid animals. We found a fox in West lake that was foaming at the mouth and acting strange.Animal control came out and got the fox and told us they will let the vets at the animal shelter deal with it.

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