Decatur residents are complaining about coyotes in their neighborhood again.
Residents of the East Parkwood Road neighborhood plan to attend the Dec. 5 Decatur City Commission meeting to urge the city to do something to control the wild canines in their neighborhood.
Some residents want the city to consider eradicating the coyotes, though the city urges coexistence. Trapped coyotes must be euthanized under state law.
Coyotes are an ongoing concern. Back in February, residents of the Lenox Place neighborhood voiced the same complaint.
Christy Kenney Bosarge of the East Parkwood Road area said a coyote attacked her cat, Zaya, the morning of Oct. 31 near the family’s front door.
Bosarge said she screamed and chased the coyote away, but the cat died. Other neighbors have reported run-ins with coyotes, she said.
Decatur officials say coyotes exist throughout metro Atlanta and that people should learn to live with the animals. A Stanley Park Ecology Society study posted on the city website says:
Eradication programs in North American cities have proven to be expensive failures. While eradication may remove (kill) individual animals, the coyote habitat remains and will be filled by other coyotes. Trapping and poisoning programs are not practical in urban areas because they cannot discriminate between coyotes, children, pets and other wildlife. These programs expose all of them to the same risk.
Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss told WSB-TV that the city offers tips on coexisting with the coyotes, such as keeping all cat and dog food inside.
“For the folks who are very concerned about the coyotes and would like them trapped, there is an equal number who believe the natural environment should be protected,” Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss told the TV station.
But Bosarge is urging a more proactive approach. In a letter to the neighborhood, Bosarge said her concerns are that:
1) We do not have a system for keeping up with the impact coyotes are having in our community.
2) We do not have an effective educational program in place that informs current and new community members
a) that the coyotes exist and
b) what we all individually should be doing to minimize their presence in our neighborhoods
3) Coyotes have already become even more invasive and threatening in northern metro Atlanta communities than what we are experiencing here in the Decatur area.
4) There is no plan to control or manage the presence of coyotes in our community.
The city commission meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in city hall.