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Thursday, June 10, 2010

E-mail from concerned Bel~Air Resident - Coyote Problem Out Of Control

Last Friday, June 4th at about 6pm (it was daylight) I was playing with Missy Moo, my ten pound black miniature poodle, 18 months old, in my back yard. A coyote scaled the fence and murdered her not ten feet in front of me. It took about 5 seconds for him to kill her and scale the fence again with her. It was lightening fast.

I too climbed the fence and ran after them but am in no way as fast as he/she was. He would stop and wait and look back at me every now and then but I still couldn't catch them. Four golf holes on the golf course later he ran into the woods (across No. 17). I was too afraid to follow. I understand that there have been 5 other attacks in the past month or so… ending in the death of the pet.

Perhaps it’s time to form a committee of neighbors to bring this issue to the attention of the powers that be to get something done about these packs that are running rampant in our community. I am now afraid to go outside at my home.

16 comments:

Yumi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I completely understand how you feel as my dog was snatched by a coyote 3 weeks ago. I agree it's getting completely out of control and I would like to do something about it too.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry about your loss as well but there really is nothing to do except to arm yourself. There is no way to eradicate the coyotes from this area.

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Anonymous said...

What a nightmare. We always have coyotes in our back acre waiting for a chance to get at our 2 Westies. We are interested in being part of a committee to take control of this problem.

Anonymous said...

This coyote "roller" for your fencing looks usefull.
http://www.coyoteroller.com/video_demonstration

Anonymous said...

Truly horrifying. I am so sorry. I have also chased a coyote from my bel air home across the country club and found it so surreal how the animal would just stop and look at me until I got close and then would saunter off again. I do not know what we can do realistically. But if someone comes up with a solution, count me in.

Ashley Pittman said...

Hi all, my cat was taken by coyotes and killed on April 16th. Since then there have been at least 5 other animals that I've heard of- and probably more that we aren't aware of. I'm definitely interested in doing something- I'm scared to take my dog out into the yard and night and wondering what I can do to be safe. It seems the problem is getting worse.

Anonymous said...

Count us in too. We have lived here for a long time, and this spring is more deadly than ever! We have lost dogs to them too, sometimes right next to us, not a few feet away!

I know coyotes inhabit this area and we try to coexist safely but I worry about our small children.

One Bel Air resident recently said anyone who doesn't feel safe should move. Is that the only solution?

Anonymous said...

We can arm ourselves, and be as cautious as possible. But at the end of the day, there is only so much we can do it. We should feel safe in our neighborhood. We can't wait for the association or the city to do something about this. I propose starting a committee to come up with some ideas.

The loss of my dog has been very traumatic and sad. I'm compelled to do something. If you're interested, please contact me at chu.yumi@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

Someone suggested moving because that is probably the only way your life won't be impacted by the Coyote in this area. They are everywhere and there is no way to get rid of them. Stay alert, stay alive.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I have two puppies and lost one to a coyote. Three days later, he came back looking for the other one. This is happening too often, I agree that something should be done

Anonymous said...

Lets brainstorm here. What can be done? There are no right or wrong answers.

Anonymous said...

Does the association read these comments? Are they willing to start a dialogue with our City Councilman or with Dept of Animal Regulation?

Anonymous said...

We can't rely on the city to help. they are useless.

Chris H. said...

Yes, Anonymous, the Association reads these comments. This is a very serious and dangerous situation about which something MUST be done. Unfortunately, this is not a new problem to our area or any area where people and wildlife cohabitate -- but it appears to be getting worse and worse. In doing research on the topic, there are no simple solutions and we will need support from city and state agencies to take effective action. We must formulate a plan. As a personal note, I too have lost a pet to a coyote here in Bel~Air and would like to see the coyote threat removed from our community immediately.

Anonymous said...

One option is to hire an animal trapper. I've spoken to one company that will come out for 30 days for a flat fee and trap the coyote. For every coyote they catch, it's an additional $75. They will remove the coyote and take it to a wild habitat that may be more condusive to their species. If we can donations from community members, we can work to catch these coyotes.

This may not be the end all solution, but I think it will certainly help. Coyotes may be breeding more, since we seem to see them around more and more.