Coyote sightings have continued to rise this Spring.
Since the animals aren’t native to our state, they’ve become an increasingly invasive species – growing in unsustainable numbers, competing against local foxes and wolves, and killing domesticated animals.
Over the past couple of years, a pack of coyotes killed a man’s 2 dogs in the front yard of his Iredell County home, and a German Shepherd therapy dog was recently 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.
Some residents are now equipping their yards with flashing light coyote deterrents, and ultrasonic pest repellers, both of which work on solar power and are motion sensitive.
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?