The Queen City Experiencing Influx Of Coyotes

The North Carolina city that supports Panthers and Bobcats wants no part of the real four-legged predators roaming its neighborhoods.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that coyotes are terrorizing residents, who fear for their small children and animals.

Those residents are also discovering that county animal control doesn't respond to coyote calls, referring residents to state officials and private contractors who trap wildlife for a fee.

Several communities on the city's south side have been on alert. Residents in one neighborhood say a cat was eaten by a coyote several weeks ago, prompting the pet owner to circulate a flier warning residents.

Coyotes are not generally aggressive toward people, though a Union County man was bitten last year by a rabid one.


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  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    However, considering Coyote's are very opportunistic and the Wolf population is dwindling by a thread, that means they do not have any problems adapting with ease, to their ever changing surroundings (which obviously, make them seem like modern day pest's) and that's simply pretenseful on all accounts. It is considerable, that they are just doing what's natural to them to survive, as we would or any living organism for that matter. In addition, as the rodent population increases, so will coyotes. The rodent issue's that are present throughout America, are already a major concern due to their destructive nature, so think of them as doing us a sublime favor.
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    But as in most situations- NEVER RUN AWAY, keep challenging them and majority of the time, they will retreat. This is why the general public should have some knowledge involving wildlife and learning the signs and symptoms of a rabid animal or Wildlife as a whole. Also, they do scavenge, so picking up any trash and leftover scraps or compost, you may throw in your yard, should eliminate the chance of them even wandering into your yard to start with. Now, on a new note- as you know, we have an avast array of nescient individual's, that do let their animals roam free and aren't responsible for their own pet's health and well-being. The most practical thing to do in this situation (with Charlotte being a large city), is to relocate them. Trapping and eradicating them entirely from an area is, not only exponentially expensive, but extremely dangerous for us civilians as well.
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Well, first off- my animals wouldn't be roaming free outside of my house, in my neighborhood, and into the busy streets, to start with. And, when my Dog is outside, she is ALWAYS supervised, regardless. She is never alone, even in a fenced in yard. Having said that, the situation is simple. If a coyote entered my yard, I would obviously put myself between my Dog and Coyote, make myself appear as large as possible and they would cower away. Coyote's aren't out to maul you and your family, they prefer a life of solitude (from humans) as much as possible. They don't just physically attack you for no good reason, it's about educating other's and spreading awareness of what they can do, if put in a situation when facing a wild animal. Plus, coyote's are small and will not charge anything that appears larger than them (in size), that is, of course, if they are rabid. In that case, always have something you can grab around you and make a lot of noise, because they're are not partial to such.
  • by Greybull Location: Wyoming on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    Coyotes? Really? Get used to seeing them and hearing them at night. Keep your gun handy Easterners.
  • by Beaufort Co. Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Coyotes may not generally be aggressive, but I wouldn't put anything past a wild animal. They may only get to 30 or 40 lbs., but an animal that size if it feels threatened could definately do some damage especially in a pack. There are plenty of them in Beaufort County.
  • by Richard Location: Hunting Lodge on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I want you all to call me so we can go coyote hunting.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    So what do you think PETA would say about this? "Oh, leave them alone, they're just doing their thing". Pfft. Whatever. One comes in my yard, my husband won't hesitate to shoot it.
  • by Not Buying It Location: Not Pantherville on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:14 AM
    Well, well ... what do you know? The fabled Carolina BLACK PANTHER has finally made a fleeting appearance here on the WITN "Comments" section. As is always the case when a panther is mentioned, there is no track, no hair, no scat, no picture, no carcass ... NO EVIDENCE! There never is; just the vehement insistence that somebody "saw one". So far as that goes, has anyone but me noticed that such reports of BLACK PANTHERS are almost always accompanied by a rush of HOT AIR? LOL Oh, I'm sure that BLACK PANTHERS do exist; it's just that they're so busy hanging out with BIGFOOT, NESSIE, THE MOTHMAN and YETI that it's hard for them to leave any credible sign of their "existence". LOL
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 22, 2009 at 11:37 PM
    Educated factual reply: What you may mean to say is that the black *cougar* doesn't exist - & indeed there is a lot of debate over it. Black (aka melanistic) leopards & jaguars on the other hand are very much real, recognized, & are called black panthers. They do exist. Coyotes can indeed become a serious threat. We've been dealing with it in certain regions of CA periodically over the last few yrs, including incidents of people being aggressively cornered, & children being attacked. For anyone who may not know this, they can and do pack up - have seen it many times with my own eyes when I lived in a more rural spot. While they normally live fairly solitary lives, it is not at all uncommon for them to do this when hunting & scavenging. The biggest problem when it comes to pets is dogs that are outdoor leashed in an accessible yard area such as exists prolifically in rural neighborhoods. The weight of coyote matters not when there are 10 or more scoping you out. I just don't trust them.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Nov 22, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Coyotes are not going to kill people. People have lived around them for decades in western states, and they thrive in many urban/suburban areas without harming humans. If you are concerned about them harming your pet, simply don't let your pet roam freely. YOU are the one responsible when your free-ranging pet dies from an accident, predation, etc.... Coyotes are not large animals. A really big one will be in the upper 30 lb range, very few will get over 40 lb. Black panthers are mythical creatures that simply do not exist. If you've seen a black cat, it is not a panther. Check your facts and become educated on the panther issue.
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