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Community Meeting on Coyotes Jan. 29

The meeting will be held at the Church of the Epiphany at the corner of East Lake Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

People are talking about coyotes again.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Druid Hills Civic Association will hold a meeting for intown Atlanta communities like Decatur that are affected by these wild canine creatures.

The meeting will be held in the parish hall at the Church of the Epiphany at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., just outside the Decatur city limits.

The speakers will include:

  • Chip Elliott, a coyote trapper who has worked through the metro Atlanta area for over two decades.
  • Chris Mowry, head of the biology department at Berry College who has studied coyotes in the southeast and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Mary A. Paglieri, a consultant with Little Blue Society in the San Francisco area, which specializes in human-animal conflict resolution.

Decatur neighborhoods have complained about coyotes for years. The last flurry of complaints came in late 2011 after a resident of the East Parkwood Road neighborhood saw a coyote snatch her cat off the front porch.

Decatur officials adhere to the live-and-let-live philosophy with coyotes, saying eradication only allows new groups of coyotes to move in.

Previous Decatur/Avondale Estates Patch stories about coyotes:

  • Coyotes in your Backyard: Decatur Residents See Them Often
  • Decatur Residents Angry About Coyotes
  • Decatur City Commission: No Decision on Coyotes
  • Decatur Wants Help Tracking Coyotes
Ralph Ellis January 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Should coyotes be trapped?
Linda January 25, 2013 at 02:10 AM
No. Coyote trapping is ineffective and causes pain and suffering for the coyote. When a coyote is removed, other coyotes simply move into the vacated territory or larger litters are produced to replace the missing members. Since coyote trapping is ineffective, lets learn more effective ways of keeping coyotes from interfering with our pets and property. Other cities have found out how to coexist with wildlife, including coyotes. We can do it too.
Joe Perkins November 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Leave the coyotes alone! The people in the article are probably scared of their own shadows. Any cats the coyotes eat, are probably dead anyway (roadkill, etc), and the people, whose dog was taken, while still on it's leash, probably dropped the leash and ran, leaving their poor dog to fend for itself. All they had to do was yell and make a move toward the coyote, and it would have run away. Again, leave the coyotes alone. They keep the road hazard deer, disease ridden rats, and plane crash causing Canada geese populations down. When was the last time you heard of a vicious road runner attack in Decatur? That's right. You have the coyotes to thank for that!

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