Coyote Sightings

Photo by Matt Knoth (Flickr)

Photo by Matt Knoth (Flickr)

We have received several reports of Coyote sightings in Providence Plantation.

In one incident a pack of five had a dog surrounded, and after the owner intervened they ran off and found a cat that they killed.  We also receive another report of a cat killed.

The HOA board discussed hiring a licensed trapper, but trapping is only allowed during the trapping season.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has compiled a list of licensed trappers that will assist the public during the trapping season (Nov-Feb.) when they experience problems with certain wildlife species. By resolving conflicts with wildlife during the trapping season, the trapper can utilize the animal as a valuable natural resource, since this is the time of year when an animal’s fur is prime.

Here is information about coyotes:

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Coyotes

Coyotes

Coyotes range in size from 20-40 pounds.  They will have erect, pointed ears, a slender muzzle and a dropping bushy tail.  Coyotes are predominately brownish-grey in color with red behind the ears and on the face and the belly is light grey to cream-colored.  However, color can vary among individuals from grey to black.  The coyote’s eyes will be a vivid yellow with large pupils, unlike a dog’s eyes which are brown or blue.

Coyotes fall under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.   NC Wildlife will not typically respond to a coyote sighting because they are indigenous to this area and it is not uncommon to see them. However, if you have questions or concerns, you may contact them at 919-707-0030.

Animal Care and Control will respond if you physically come into contact with any wild animal or if your domestic animal fights with or is wounded by any wild animal.  A report will be filed but that does not mean the animal will be caught or trapped especially if it is no longer in the area.  To file a report please call 311.

Will coyotes attack me or my child? 

Attacks on people, including children, are extremely rare. Normal coyote behavior is to be curious, but wary, when close to humans. Like other wildlife, they will become bold and habituated if people feed them, either purposely or inadvertently, such as with garbage or outdoor pet food. They rarely contract rabies.

Will coyotes attack my pet? 

Possibly. Coyotes view outdoor cats and small unleashed dogs as prey, while larger dogs are viewed as threats to their territory and/or their pups. Coyotes are most likely to confront larger dogs during the mating and pup birthing period, January through June.

What should I do if I see a coyote? 

Simply seeing a coyote is not cause for concern. If you see a coyote frequently, you and your neighbors should take steps to prevent conflicts with it and other wildlife.

For further information go to the following websites:

http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Learning/documents/Species/CoexistingWithCoyotes.pdf

http://charmeck.org/MECKLENBURG/COUNTY/PARKANDREC/STEWARDSHIPSERVICES/NATURALRESOURCES/Pages/Coyote.aspx

 

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