Identifying Coyotes

Coyote sightings are becoming more common in our neighborhoods and communities. Often indistinguishable from small, stray dogs, coyotes can best be identified by their long pointy ears and long snouts. Their fur ranges in color between dark brown to reddish brown and a lighter grayish brown. A long, bushy tail is also a common trait. In the evening and at night their high-pitched shrieks and cries are unmistakable

Common Coyote Behavior

Most coyotes don’t pose a predatory threat to humans, but contact should be avoided. In many cases, coyotes are shy and will avoid humans, but if they are sick or injured, such as in the case of rabies, they can react erratically & unpredictably. Also, they are susceptible to parvovirus and distemper, which can be harmful and sometimes fatal to your family pets.

Are Coyotes Dangerous?

Coyotes pose the greatest threat to cats, dogs, chickens, and other small mammals at night. Where food is sparse, such as in the Winter months, they will often get into trash looking for sustenance. Coyotes also tend to travel as a family unit, known as a pack. While a lone coyote will likely appear timid, packs of coyotes can be dangerous and aggressive in many circumstances.

How to Deal With Coyotes?

Coyotes are not native to Georgia, so there are very few restrictions on hunting or trapping them. Hunting or discharging of firearms is illegal within most city limits and neighborhoods, so trapping is the best method for dealing with the nuisance of coyotes.Coyotes, whether alone or in packs, are intelligent enough to avoid most foot traps, which pose a greater danger to domesticated animals, such as your family pets. Contact Wild Trappers for a licensed and trained professional to safely remove coyotes and the threats they pose from your neighborhood or community. or 770.828.9622