Back in March we wrote about coyotes in North Druid Hills and Decatur – a story that went regional.
It hasn't gone away either. The North Briarcliff Civic Association is reporting another coyote sighting near Sherbrooke and Nancy Lane. Here's an email that went out to association members this afternoon:
Another recent coyote sighting was near near Sherbrooke. Don't leave out garbage or food, and watch out for your smaller pets. Coyotes are seen more in daylight hours when raising young (looking for food) and during the summer. Seeing them in daylight hours does not mean they have rabies, but don't approach them. There's a good article in the NBCA newsletter - summer 2010.
"I just returned home from walking the dogs. Coming toward Sherbrooke on Nancy Lane a coyote crossed the street about 100 ft in front of us. I stopped and started going back toward Melinda since I thought it was unusual to see a coyote in broad daylight. Since we were almost home on Sherbrooke, I stopped and looked back thinking that the coyote had gone through the vacant lot and back to the creek. At that point I saw him/her going through the front yard on the other side of the vacant lot (their back yard is fenced). That is the house that has the circular driveway and has vacant lots on both sides. This coyote looked to weigh about 35-40 pounds."
NOTE: DeKalb County Animal Control does not respond to wild animal problems. They will refer you Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) at 678-418-1111. AWARE is a non-profit organization that specializes in wildlife education and rehabilitation. If you think that an animal is a danger to you and your family and should be removed from the area, you also have the option to hire your own licensed and insured animal removal service.