Coyote sightings have Taylor residents concerned

Photo courtesy of PetSynergy Area residents are spotting coyotes. Animal control said construction forces the animals out of the woods, allowing more people to see them. People are encouraged to stay away from them and to take their small pets inside.

Photo courtesy of PetSynergy
Area residents are spotting coyotes. Animal control said construction forces the animals out of the woods, allowing more people to see them. People are encouraged to stay away from them and to take their small pets inside.

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Tammy White was walking into work in the area of Eureka and I-75 last week when she saw what she thought were two dogs, but further investigation revealed the two animals weren’t dogs.

“I was like, “Here, baby. Come here,’” said White who was offering the animals her lunchtime sandwich. “When I walked closer, I saw they weren’t dogs and I tossed the sandwich to them and ran.”

White said she saw coyotes before, so she knew what the two animals were.

Many residents have taken to social media talking about the coyote sightings in the city.

“I saw two in my backyard and Animal Control said they don’t deal with them,” one resident said.

Taylor Animal Control Supervisor Lanny Hall said Thursday that the most important thing is to call the office when spotting a coyote.

“If we can get to them and set a (live) trap, that is what we do,” Hall said. “Stay away from them and report it.”

He said it is important to go inside and take any outside pets indoors, too.

“They will kill animals, they pray on little animals,” Hall said.

Hall said Animal Control has received reports of coyote. He said construction drives them from the woods.

Taylor Animal Control is only facility in the area that deals with wildlife, Hall said.

When residents call, Hall said someone goes to the site; however, often the coyote has fled. He said he and his staff can’t just go around putting down traps, because they could trap someone’s pet and Animal Control doesn’t want to do that.

“We only set the traps if we know we are going to only catch a coyote,” Hall said.

He said the most important thing to do when spotting a coyote is to walk away and call Animal Control at 734-374-1354.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)