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Seen Any Coyotes in Brookhaven?

A reader tells Patch that a pair were spotted last week in the Murphey Candler area.


Is Brookhaven the next city in metro Atlanta to have a coyote problem?

A reader told Patch that a pair of coyotes were spotted on Jan. 17 in the Murphey Candler area, on W. Nancy Creek near a condominium complex.

Our neighboring city of Decatur has been hosting community meetings on the critters for some time now. The last flurry of complaints came in late 2011 after a resident of the East Parkwood Road neighborhood saw a coyote snatch her cat off the front porch.

In fact, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29, the Druid Hills Civic Association will hold a meeting for intown Atlanta communities like Decatur that are affected by these wild canine creatures. The meeting will be held in the parish hall at the Church of the Epiphany at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Seen any coyotes in your neck of the woods? Snap a picture and send it to Patch so we can share it with our readers.

Greg Trinkle January 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
There is no doubt they are here in Brookhaven. I have seen them 5 times in my 7 years of living in Drew Valley.
Rick January 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Keep your cat indoors, problem solved. Dekalb county has leash laws and that includes cats. Yes, I'm a cat owner.
Roger That January 22, 2013 at 02:26 PM
There are a lot of rabbits living on the high side of the creek. Lots of RATS, chipmunks (hibernating), and squirrels (grey day-timers and flying night-timers). There are also RED foxes living in the MC Lake area. Don't go ballistic and hire a trapper. Just let them be.
Gary Conner January 22, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Trapping and poison are cruel indiscriminate methods.(Killing everything.) You can't kill them all!! They will just be replaced by others. Coexistence is the answer. We have taken so much of their habitat that they have nowhere to go. I have seen them myself. I have pets, and there was no problem. They are not aggressive, and are very shy creatures. They do not carry rabies as much as racoons. Leave them alone.
"E Pluribus Unum" January 22, 2013 at 08:08 PM
One of our daughters and her husband who live in MC hear them crying at night.
"E Pluribus Unum" January 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Say, what about dogs behind a fence in a backyard...any danger from coyotes?
Greg Trinkle January 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I have a 95lb Golden Retriever, she has chased the Coyote out of my back yard a few times. But if you have a small dog or there are multiple Coyotes, than you could have an issue.
Piper January 25, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I have seen them a few times late at night in Ashford Park. I have noted a few less squirrels, raccoons and opossums lately...that is a godd thing.
"E Pluribus Unum" January 26, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Thank you Greg.
Tom Reilly January 28, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Spotted one in the Chamblee United Methodist Church forest some years ago. He had on a beautiful golden summer coat. Spoke to him in Cherokee for a while. Then he turned and disappeared, like smoke, without so much as turning a leaf.--Tom Reilly
"E Pluribus Unum" January 28, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Nice play Tom Reilly. :-)
N . M . E . January 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Coyotes can jump most residential fences. Small dogs may be considered prey, but dogs over 25 lbs. should not. Coyotes can breed with dogs, however, so be sure your pet is neutered. I have some neighbors who have seen their dog playing with the coyotes in her yard. If you don't want them around, be sure you are not attracting them...don't leave pet food outside, ever. Also, make noise when you see them. They are shy and want to avoid people. If you're concerned, bring in your dogs, especially at night.
FreddieK January 29, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Seen many cougars at Hal's and Johnny's Hideaway but no coyotes.
Roger That February 06, 2013 at 04:59 AM
The "coyotes" near MC Park may actually be a breeding pair of grey foxes. There has also been a 6 point buck seen in the area. Deer usually won't hang out where there are coyotes, and fox's cry at night much like coyotes. I have seen in the paper that there was a meeting in Decature about this, but let us not take hasty measures (trapping, killing, poison).
"E Pluribus Unum" February 06, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Good info Roger That.

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