The coyote is a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, ranging from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It occurs as far north as Alaska and all but the northernmost portions of Canada.
Due to development around metro Atlanta that shifts coyotes out of their natural habitat, Dunwoody residents have reported more sightings of coyotes in the city limits. Below residents will find helpful tips if they come across a coyote. Prevention is the best defense against coyotes.
If a coyote is suspected in an area where domestic animals are roaming free, several precautions can be made to ensure their safety:
- Bring pets indoors at night, as this is the coyote’s primary hunting time.
- If a pet must be kept outside, install fencing and motion-activated floodlights to discourage predators. Clean and store grills when not in use.
- Keep pet food indoors, or feed your pet indoors, and refill bird feeders in small amounts.
- Keep trash can lids securely fastened, or store trash cans in a secured location.
In the state of Georgia, only a certified coyote trapping specialist can be used to round up and remove coyotes from an urban area. Do not try to trap a coyote yourself. Below is a PDF document of Wildlife Control Operators to contact if a coyote must be removed from an area. If you encounter an aggressive animal of any kind, please call 9-1-1.
Coyote Fact Sheet PDF Document | Download
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators PDF Document | Download
Coyote Hazing Guidelines from the Humane Society of the United States | Download
Video courtesy of City of Roswell.