Coyote Spotted in Virginia-Highland

A resident's trail cam recently caught images of a coyote along the creek between Amsterdam and Orme Circle. You may want to keep your small pets inside at night.

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Meta Larsson March 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
See Coyote Coexistence at http://coyotecoexistence.com/ for lots of information about coyotes and what we can do to peacefully coexist with wildlife. Meta Larsson -Candler Park Coyote Coexistence-Atlanta, Neighbors for Coexistence
John Becker March 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Here's a link to an article with a little more information on how this particular coyote sighting came about. VHCA board president attended a recent community meeting concerning coyotes in urban areas and how we can coexist with them. He wrote an article on the meeting which can also be found on our website. http://vahi.org/orme-park-resident-captures-coyote-images-on-video/
McLynn March 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I live off of McLynn near Lanier, and spotted a coyote in my backyard about two weeks ago around 9:30 am. It was outside of my fence, but watching my dogs. It is coyote mating season, and they are very active right now.
Diane Blum March 07, 2013 at 04:25 PM
This scares the heck out of me. I live on Kentucky and have two dogs, with a 6' privacy fence. Can/will coyotes jump fences?
John Becker March 07, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Good question, Diane. I'm not an expert, but I don't that would be typical behavior for them. Maybe someone else with more knowledge can comment. I think the key is to do your best to keep your small pets out of harm's way. I'd be careful about letting them roam at night unattended, even in a fenced-in back yard. If you haven't yet, please read Jack White's article on the VHCA website that has quite a bit of useful information in it about how people and coyotes can best coexist in an urban area and plenty of links if you want to learn more. Good luck and stay safe!
McLynn March 08, 2013 at 11:09 PM
From what I understand, the coyote's ability to jump over a fence is much like that of a dog. They arent going to be able to clear a six-foot fence. However, they may be able to jump up and catch the top of the fence, and pull themselves over it.


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