According to the Gaston Gazette, coyote sightings have been on the rise this summer.
Since coyotes are not native to our state, they have become an increasingly invasive species – growing in unsustainable numbers, competing against local foxes and wolves, and killing domesticated animals.
Earlier this year, a pack of coyotes killed a man’s 2 dogs in the front yard of his Iredell County home. This past February, a German Shepherd therapy dog was also attacked by a pack of coyotes in Weddington.
A local archery company recently captured this coyote with a newly killed fawn on their trail cam;
Since coyotes are not a native animal, they can be hunted year-round, even at night using flashlights – they can also be legally trapped from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.
Officials with the animal control recommend:
▪ Keeping your yard free of any garbage or lingering food smells.
▪ Keep dogs on leashes when walking them, as coyotes are much less likely to approach if a person is nearby.
▪ Look around your backyard for the animals before you let the dogs out.
▪ If you encounter a coyote, back away slowly while yelling and waving your arms. Don’t run.
▪ Call 911 if you are being threatened by coyotes or other animals.
Have you seen any coyotes around your property?