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Coyotes Seen In Grayson

Mayor has warning on city's website since seeing coyotes on his own property.

The has a warning for residents on its website of coyotes in the area, and according to City Administrator Laura Paul-Cone, that warning is because Mayor Jim Hinkle has himself seen coyotes on his property in the city.

“He saw them in his yard and we’ve been told if you see more than one then it’s likely there is a family of them somewhere,” Paul-Cone said. “That’s why he wanted to put the warning on the city’s website.”

The warning cautions that residents be on the lookout for fairly large coyotes that have been seen around the city, specifically on the Grayson Parkway and Wilshire Drive area. Residents are advised to take precautions to keep pets safe and, if they wish, to call Gwinnett County Animal Control at 770-339-3200.

Residents in the Loganville area have also reported sightings of coyotes from time to time. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, does have 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.

•            Take pets indoors during the night as this is the coyote’s primary hunting time.

•            If the pet must be kept outside, put up fencing to discourage coyotes.

•            Small livestock or poultry should be kept in an enclosed or sheltered area. Coyotes rarely bother larger livestock although they often are blamed for such nuisance instances. It should be noted that dogs, rather than coyotes, are notorious for harassing and attacking livestock.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, coyotes resemble a small dog in appearance. The distinguishing characteristics of a coyote include pointy ears and snout, mottled color fur pattern ranging from black to reddish-blonde and a bushy tail. Coyotes have keen eyesight and an acute sense of smell. They communicate by means of high-pitched cries, shrieks or yips that can sometimes be heard late in the evening. They also communicate by growling, barking or whining.

Breeding usually occurs in late winter to early spring with five to seven pups born in excavated dens or brush piles. Pups are weaned at about five to eight weeks of age. Socially, these creatures may mate for life and commonly can be found living within a small community (or pack) of related individuals. Habitat preferences include wooded forests bordered by fields and brushy areas which enables them to den and hunt for small mammals. However, due to their ability to adapt, coyotes do not have many problems when exposed to habitat alterations. Coyotes have even been found frequenting urban areas in search of garbage, rodents and other easily found meals. For these reasons, coyotes are thriving in Georgia and not, officials say, as a result of a Department of Natural Resources stocking program.

If mated with dogs, a female coyote can produce a coyote/dog hybrid called a “coydog.” A recent study by a research team led by University of California at Los Angeles concluded that the eastern coyote is actually a genetic hybrid that includes wolves as well as dogs. The study, published in the Genone Research journal and reported by the Associated Press last month, also found that wolves in eastern parts of the U.S. genetically have large percentages of coyote in them. It is thought that large-scale hunting has forced the breeds to seek mates outside of their own kind. 

Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
http://www.varmintal.com/attac.htm Coyote Attacks on Children.....What the Media doesn't want you to know..
Tim July 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This is the second article I've seen on Coyotes in the Grayson area....As a Professional State Licensed Trapper and State Certified Nuisance Wildlife Operator, I can tell you from personal experience that it's just a matter of time before pets will start being killed and human interaction with coyotes increases......I would much rather pay a Trapper to remove them than pay a Vet to sew up my pet, or have to have it put down....
Tim July 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Firstly, I want to commend Mayor Jim Hinkle for his Pro Active response in getting this alert out to the good people of the City of Grayson. Clearly, I can see that he is sincerely concerned about the welfare of the citizens and their pets. Let me elaborate on a statement that has been circulating throughout the online blogs. "Is Coyote Control Cost Effective?" I know Don McGowan the Regional Wildlife Biologist for Walton County. He is my contact person or liaison to the Georgia DNR Board of Directors. I have been discussing issues with him that would allow us in the Nuisance Animal Removal business to "work with both hands, instead of with one hand tied behind our backs" as we do now. Our efforts at Wildlife Control would be twice as effective if the Board would adopt our recommendations and forward them to the Georgia Legislature to have them voted on and hopefully put into law. Don and I are in agreement on this issue and I appreciate his help in forwarding my concerns to the proper forum at the DNR. I keep read as much as I can on the scholarly papers and research concerning Coyote Predation of Pets and LIvestock as well as Urban Coyote Control. I am on FB and friends with over 100 other Trappers all over the United States, Canada, and Austraila. We share insight, tactics and techiques and results concerning Wildlife Control and it's effectiveness. Being on the Frontlines in this ongoing process, I have a pretty good perspective on how things are going.......next page
Tim July 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Prey species populations fluctuate each year. Just like the ocean tides, it ebbs and flows, higher or lower. When you remove a family group of Coyotes from an area, the prey species population will typically explode the following year, obviously. Coyote Removal is not a one time proposition. Just like the Deer Hunting Season Bag limits that the DNR set each year, it is and Ongoing Management Process. That is why what we do is called Wildlife Control and Management. It may take a year or two years for other coyotes to fill in the vaccum left by the removal of others. That timeframe allows the prey species to recover and grow. Just like the economy "it is a Cycle." The important point here is that when there are too many coyotes in an area and the prey species level drops that year, Pets start to die because there are not enough prey animals to satisfy the Coyotes hunger. That is why it is vitally important to have a Professional Wildlife Control Operator come out every year and check the area for tracks and scat to determine roughly how many Coyotes are roaming through or living in the area. I promise you this, most people could have a Coyote Den 50 ft. from their back door and not even know. The goal here and point I would like for you to consider is that Coyote Control is an ongoing process. On my webpage www.easternwolferscoyotetrappers.com I have a paragraph concerning "Scouting and Evaluation for Several different Predator species......next page
Tim July 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Typically, I charge up to $150 to Scout and Evaluate a piece of property or area depending on the size in question. After I perform control work for a client, any future checking and evaluation of Coyote populations are done at no cost. Because #1. I have already seen the big and small picture and pretty much know the major travelways through and around a tract, a park, a city.....Therefore, I know where to go to check for new sign and scat. #2. The client has paid for this once and I appreciate the business. Hopefully, I have given you some things to think about and consider in this article. Remember, Coyote Control is a Process. We cannot catch them all but we can level the playing field and remove the Pet and Livestock killers as we learn to coexist with the rest. Please contact me on here or on my webpage if you have any questions. My email is lockpicker1357@bellsouth.net I hope each one has a great weekend!

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