I stated in a previous post that Coyote Breeding season is here. This past week I had a lengthy conversation with a homeowner here in Loganville whose small dogs had been threatened numerous times by a resident coyote in their neighborhood. He lives in an HOA as do most residents in subdivisions now and I suggested that he contact them and see if any other neighbors have had coyote issues or sightings. The reason was that any nuisance Coyote removal I do for him is going to benefit the entire neighborhood. It is therefore not unreasonable to ask the HOA board to fund the removal cost. The cost is divided between each house hold who pays a small amount rather than the individual homeowner who must bear the entire cost. By proceeding this way, I am able to do a more effective job from a removal standpoint since I can then set more strategic locations throughout the neighborhood. Typically, you have one opportunity to catch an offending coyote so you want to make that effort as effective as possible. Usually, in an area, you are going to have a family group consisting of the mating pair and 2-3 siblings. When the breeding season arrives, you can add 5-8 more coyotes to that count. The mating pair are called Alpha's. They are the most aggressive of the pack. Another problem is that if it is the female that is doing the threatening or killing of pets in a neighborhood, it is very likely that she will pass this behavior to her offspring and the cycle continues. After the pups are born in March or April, there will be a spike in pet attacks and killings as the coyotes seek out any animal to feed their pups. This behavior will continue through the summer until the young males disperse from the pack in September. If an HOA board is unresponsive or unwilling to proceed in this fashion, I can enter onto the individual neighbors property and set traps in attempts to capture the offending animal. All I need is written permission from the landowner to do so. The Authority to do this is vested in me by the State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources. I hope that you now see the benefit to the neighborhood as a whole to work together for this common good. Coyotes are here to stay. The ones I target are the aggressive, diseased ones that are threats to you and your pets. They carry several communicable diseases such as Rabies, Canine Distemper, Sarcoptic Mange and Parvo. So, there are several vitally important reasons to have them removed. "I will be glad to sit down with an HOA board and residents, at no cost, to discuss this and what to expect during the Removal process."