In February, East Cobb residents raised concerns at JoAnn Birrell’s town-hall meeting about near and . Residents are looking for ways to deal with the coyote problem.
Here are some proactive tips from the on avoiding aggressive behavior by coyotes:
- Do not feed coyotes.
- Eliminate sources of water, particularly in dry climates.
- Position bird feeders so that coyotes can't get to the feed.
- Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps, and even seed.
- Coyotes may also be attracted by birds and rodents that come to the feeders.
- Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it.
- Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
- Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors.
- Store pet and livestock feed where it is inaccessible to wildlife.
- Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey.
- Fencing your yard could deter coyotes. The fence should be at least six feet high with the bottom extending at least six inches below the ground for best results.
- Do not leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been frequenting the area.
- Do not allow pets to run free.
- Follow Roswell’s leash laws.
- Keep pets safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them.
- Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night.
- Provide secure shelters for poultry, rabbits, and other vulnerable animals.
- Discourage coyotes from frequenting your area. If you start seeing coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises, or throwing rocks.