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Community Meeting on Coyotes Jan. 29

The meeting will be held at the Church of the Epiphany at the corner of East Lake Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

People are talking about coyotes again.

At 7 p.m. on Jan. 29, the Druid Hills Civic Association will hold a meeting for intown Atlanta communities like Decatur that are affected by these wild canine creatures.

The meeting will be held in the parish hall at the Church of the Epiphany at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave.

The East Lake Neighborhood Association says that speakers will include:

  • Chip Elliott, a coyote trapper who has worked through the metro Atlanta area for over two decades.
  • Chris Mowry, head of the biology department at Berry College who has studied coyotes in the southeast and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Mary A. Paglieri, a consultant with Little Blue Society in the San Francisco area, which specializes in human-animal conflict resolution.

Coyotes have been an issue throughout the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area for years, and most experts say there isn't an easy solution to the problem, advising residents mostly to keep their animals indoors at night.

Here's some previous coverage from North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch:

  • Coyotes in North Druid Hills?
Victor Johnson January 16, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Heard/saw some a couple of nights ago in Tucker.
Betsy Parks January 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM
We have them off Briarcliff near Lakeside.
Ms. January 17, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I understand coyotes are a problem but apparently the trapper placed the traps in a area that was used by people (whether they should be or not) and someone was injured. I wouldn't go as far to say that he was careless, but perhaps not well-researched on the neighborhood pedestrian traffic. Maybe he gets paid by the number he traps so it's incentive to put the traps down, (i don't know that to be true.) Luckily it was an adult, not a child, but these need to be laid out carefully. No matter how bad you want coyotes dead, these traps have the ability to seriously injure, and this is something that really needs to be taken into account.
Sandi January 17, 2013 at 04:05 PM
We live in North Buckhead and we have lots of them even though this is a high traffic area. Doesn't seem to deter them. Awoke one evening to find two of them on my front lawn attacking a cat. Scared them away but could not save cat. All animals should be kept inside I thought it was unlawful to set traps for coyotes. Anyone know for sure?
Ms. January 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM
It is legal to use the leg traps. They must also by law, kill the coyotes when caught in the traps.
Elizabeth January 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Within the last 10 years I have seen 5 point deer and beavers in the area. We have some large hawks which also would eat pets, but no one seems to hunt these. Plenty of snakes are out there too, but if you get rid of the coyotes, the balance shifts in nature unless you kill everything. I hope you will treasure what life is still in those woods, and as long as they are healthy animals, consider their habitat cautiously and take the necessary precautions for pets and children. Elizabeth Washburn
Penny Williams January 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Kinda sad if they are caught in the traps and they suffer until someone comes. What about if your pet gets out and they are caught in the traps. Cage traps are much better to use than those awful leg traps in my opinion.
Kathleen Sherwood January 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
In my neighborhood, Sagamore Hills/Briarcliff Woods, we have been teaching neighbors a new humane method called "hazing". Hazing makes coyotes avoid people and the spaces people use. Hazing is free, easy, can be done by anybody, anywhere. Anytime a coyote is seen, the coyote races away, and nobody gets hurt. http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/residents/videos/hbtv3/coyote-meeting.cfm Kathleen Sherwood

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