Large Coyote Seen in Grayson

A Grayson resident is warning fellow residents of a coyote sighting in the Grayson area. A similar warning was put out this time last year when Grayson Mayor Jim Hinkle saw coyotes on his property.

A Grayson resident reported seeing a large coyote Thursday morning in the area of Leach Drive and Chandler Road in . She said she didn’t manage to get a photograph of it, but she did stop her car to get a closer look.

“The coyote stopped too, to have a look at me, and then ran off,” Lura Gaiek said, adding she had not heard of any other sightings in her Wheatfields neighborhood since moving to the area in February. She said she was struck by the size of the one she saw. “Usually coyotes are small – 25 – 35 pounds, but this guy looked closer to 40 – 45 pounds.”

Gaiek said she also had not heard of any pets going missing, but that is something authorities warn pet owners about with regard to coyotes. At about the same time last year, . The warning cautioned that residents be on the lookout for fairly large coyotes that had been seen around the city. Residents were advised to take precautions to keep pets safe and if they wanted to, to call Gwinnett County Animal Control at 770-339-3200.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, has advice for residents in the event of coyote sightings, but officials say there is little need for fear. By nature, coyotes are timid and shy and are more likely to steer clear of potential danger, posing little threat to humans. The main threat is to small domestic animals, small livestock or poultry. Wildlife expert say that, contrary to popular belief, coyotes do not hunt in packs but rather are primarily solitary hunters. Despite these characteristics, problems sometimes do occur as these predators become increasingly tolerant of human interactions.

Prevention is the best defense against nuisance coyotes. Small house pets (especially cats), young or small livestock and poultry are most vulnerable and more likely to become victims of a coyote. Officials offer the following advice if a coyote is suspected of frequenting an area where domestic animals might be roaming outside.

If you have seen any coyotes in the Loganville-Grayson area, please let us know in comments so we can warn other residents to take extra precautions with their pets.

Lisa Carlan June 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
That is very close to our home....
Jim Hinkle June 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Please keep watch on your small pets outdoors and do not leave pet food standing for any length of time outside. The coyotes are looking for a meal and pet food will attract them. Typically, coyotes do not stay in a small area, as they move about over a wide expanse of territory. And, according to trappers I have talked to, the coyotes can be trapped, but it not very cost effective as others will come into the territory rather quickly.
Sharon Swanepoel June 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thank you very much for jumping in here Mayor. Hopefully everyone will be on the lookout. Please share any neighborhoods where you have seen coyotes so your neighbors know to be extra vigilant.
Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
http://www.easternwolferscoyotetrappers.com/ 404.583.2378 or 404.275.0994 I can help out with removing the Coyotes, feel free to give me a call.
Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Jim, I don't know who you've been talking with but as long as they have a food source in an area, they will stay in that area. I took 13 off of a 46 acre tract directly behind Stonecrest Mall last year
Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
And the main reason they need to be removed is that they are a Vector for the Rabies virus, Parvo, Canine Distemper and other diseases. Cats are one of their favorite foods and also small dogs, from a territorial point of view, they will attack full size dogs being walked by owners if they feel that their territory is being threatened. If you will visit my website, I read and study many scholarly articles and papers by the USDA and State agencies concerning coyote predation. There was a study a few years ago where a sampling of coyotes were tested in several states here in the East. Every one tested had Canadian Wolf DNA in them. So, in reality what we have is Coyote/Wolf hybrids. That is why the Eastern coyote is much larger than their Western cousins.
Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
"..Prevention is the best defense against nuisance coyotes..." This statement is untrue. When a Coyote decides to "go Rogue" he needs to be trapped and removed. You have evidently received some incorrect information. Gwinnett Animal Control will not come out to remove coyotes, they will call Gwinnett County police and the police will call the DNR. The DNR will tell you to call a Trapper...
Wendy May 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Coyote spotted in Loganville in Iris Glen subdivision today. Called Animal Control but they won't come out unless it bites someone or is in your physical home, not garage.
Sharon Swanepoel May 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Tim (who commented above) is a trapper Wendy. I don't know anything about his rates, but you can ask him to give you a call if you are concerned.
Tim May 28, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Wendy, you may reach me at 404-583-2378 if you wish. There is probably a den nearby
Tim May 28, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Thanks Sharon!
Tim May 28, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Wendy, I encourage you to visit my website above to see what I do.
Tim May 28, 2013 at 01:36 AM
One of two scenarios probably going on here. This is a female, with a den of pups nearby, looking for food (pets) to feed them.....or the animal is Rabid. Either way, it needs to be removed from the neighborhood.


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