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City leaders address coyote problem in Decatur

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Decatur Animal Services warn residents to keep their pets inside at night. Decatur Animal Services warn residents to keep their pets inside at night.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

On Monday, Decatur city leaders brought the problem of coyotes before the public, warning pet owners to keep their pets inside at night while they try to deal with the problem.

Experts are studying the problem and working though what they hope will be some solutions.

This animal control officer is setting a trap for a Foxy coyote. One blamed for killing pets in the Decatur area.

"These pens indicate coyote sightings where there are animals we believe killed by coyotes," said Carol Wicks, Animal Services Director.

Decatur Animal Services Director Wicks said several coyotes are in the Decatur area and they venture out when it gets hot looking for a quick and easy meal.

"Absolutely. Normally the coyote's food are mice, squirrels, chipmunks," added Wicks.

Wicks believes pets have fallen victim to coyotes because domestic animals are easier to catch. Now that the coyotes are being targeted, wicks is warning people to stay away from coyote traps.

She also warns pet owners not to set their own traps, or use poison or hooks.

 


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