Wednesday, February 1, 2012
An experienced coyote trapper told a small crowd of Decatur and Druid Hills residents that trapping coyotes would restore their fear of humans, but would never eliminate the animals from the area.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Diane Loupe
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Trapping urban coyotes is an effective way to remove nuisance animals and instill fear in the creatures, but won't eliminate the predators from an area, an experienced coyote trapper told a small crowd of Decatur and Druid Hills residents Tuesday night. Trapper Chip Elliot, owner of Atlanta Wildlife Relocator, said metro Atlanta "is never going to be clear of coyotes ever again. They're here to stay." Tuesday's meeting at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany was organized by Decatur resident Christy Bosarge, whose cat was attacked and killed by coyotes, and the Druid Hills Civic Association, which is monitoring residents' concerns about coyotes. Bosarge has been alarmed about the threat coyotes pose to humans since the normally nocturnal …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Many of us welcome a new year with high hopes and the best of intentions to thin our waist, expand our wallet, find love or learn something new. A pet can help with that.
Four specific words often start peppering people's conversations around the holidays: "Next year I will. ..." Even those who don't make resolutions often see the dawn of a new year as a blank slate on which they want to write a new story. What do you want to do in 2012? Save money? Lose weight? Make more friends? Spend less time working so hard? Before you look up a life coach on the internet, look down at your feet for a second. See that devoted face looking up at you, purring or snoozing (perhaps drooling a little) near your shoes? Chances are if you have a cat or dog - or have access to one - you already have the coach you need to help with some of your new year's resolutions. See? You've saved money already. Here are some common new …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Like her famous namesake, this cat is friendly, amusing and engaging. So why is she homeless and how did she end up in a shelter?
When Best Friends Animal Society in Utah approached LifeLine Animal Project and DeKalb County Animal Services about working with them on an innovative project called Feral Freedom, both local organizations readily agreed. Best Friends' Feral Freedom had previously proved quite successful in Jacksonville, Fla., saving the lives of community cats and vastly reducing the number of felines euthanized in shelters. An estimated 30,000 feral and stray cats each year end up in Atlanta’s shelters, where the only option is to kill them at the substantial cost to taxpayers of approximately $4 million. The directors of LifeLine and DCAS were eager for a better outcome for both Atlanta's cats and citizens. Euthanizing a large number of animals takes …