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Reminder: Pros & Cons of Trapping Coyotes, Jan. 31. All are invited.

What: The “Pros and Cons of Trapping Coyotes”
When: Tuesday, Jan 31st, 7:00 P.M.
Where: Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, at E. Lake and Ponce (2089 Ponce de Leon Ave; Atlanta 30307); entrance drive is on East Lake
Who: Community at large

Community concern continues over the presence and impact of coyotes in our neighborhood. This meeting will include a brief review of similar concerns in other communities (nationally and locally), and what they are doing about coyotes. Wildlife specialist and trapper Chip Elliot will share with us his knowledge and experience of 23 years. An update on establishing a central metro coyote reporting system will also be given.

Also, officials from DeKalb County Animal Services will be on hand.

The meeting is being organized by Decatur resident Christy Bosarge (ckbosarge (at) gmail.com) and the Druid Hills Civic Association (contact: Bob Ballou — rcballou (at) bellsouth.net).

 

Meeting to Discuss Coyote Trapping, Jan. 31. All are invited.

What: The “Pros and Cons of Trapping Coyotes”
When: Tuesday, Jan 31st, 7:00 P.M.
Where: Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, at E. Lake and Ponce (2089 Ponce de Leon Ave; Atlanta 30307); entrance drive is on East Lake
Who: Community at large

Community concern continues over the presence and impact of coyotes in our neighborhood. (See email below as one example.) This meeting will include a brief review of similar concerns in other communities (nationally and locally), and what they are doing about coyotes. Wildlife specialist and trapper Chip Elliot will share with us his knowledge and experience of 23 years. An update on establishing a central metro coyote reporting system will also be given.

Email received early January:

“I woke up in the night recently to terrible screaming and fighting sounds, and I ran barefoot into the backyard. A pack of coyotes was there — definitely 3-5 — and at least one had gotten into my neighbor’s barbed-wire pen of goats. A coyote was attacking them.
It was dark back there, but I screamed and yelled and chased them off. “By the time I woke the neighbors and they checked on the goats, the biggest of the goats, who is about 60/70 pounds, had puncture wounds in her neck. But is amazingly ok. She obviously was defending the much smaller goats. My neighbor put up more barbed wire, but found the coyotes too persistent and had to send the goats back to the farm they came from for fear they would be eaten.
“I did file a report on the Decatur News page — but WOW — if they are willing to come into a backyard and try to take down a LARGE goat, after hopping over a 5- foot fence topped by barbed wire, there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t attack kids.” Jennifer Palese, Decatur

Reminder: Coyote Meeting Tonight at City Hall

Tonight, Monday, December 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at Decatur City Hall (509 N. McDonough, next door to Eddie’s Attic). Meeting to discuss “Coexisting with Coyotes: Is it Working? How Will We Know?” Please come share your ideas and concerns. For more info, contact Christy Kennedy-Bosarge, 404.378.5734. CKennedy(at)mindspring(dot)com.

Instructions for Posting Coyote Sightings Here

Dear Parkwood Neighbors,

Starting today, Nov. 26, 2011, there is a new menu heading along the top of the PGC website. Go to http://www.parkwoodgardenclub.com, look at the top menu bar, and on the righthand side you’ll see the menu item “Coyotes” following the “Neighbors” item. The exact position of the “Coyotes” heading will depend on the width of your browser window, but it’ll be up there somewhere. When you see a coyote in Parkwood, you will be able to report it immediately here on the website by posting a comment on this post you’re reading now. So how will this work? Please read the whole article below before posting any sightings.

Instructions for posting a coyote sighting on this post:

1. Click on the “Coyote” heading along the top menu bar of the website homepage. It will pull up this post onto the main page for viewing.
2. At the bottom of the post, you will see “—> Leave a Reply” or “Leave a Comment.”
3. Click on it. Then type in your current coyote sighting.
4. Before navigating away, click “Post Comment.”
5. PLEASE make your comment meaningful to others by including the following info:

  • a.) The date
  • b.) The approximate time
  • c.) The location such as street address, intersection, landmark, etc.
  • d.) What exactly did you see in terms of numbers of coyotes, behaviors, vocalizations, any food (or pets) carried, direction of travel, etc.
  • e.) Your name so that concerned neighbors can contact you for more info if they so desire. You may also include your address or contact info.
  • f.) Any other coyote-related info, such as  past sightings made by you, how it made you feel to see coyotes here, how your own behavior might change in response to seeing coyotes in Parkwood, etc.

Just as importantly, if you end up posting a sighting, you will probably want to be alerted automatically every time someone else leaves a coyote sighting here. If you do not subscribe to the comment thread on this post, you will miss additional sightings unless you constantly check back to the website and read this post again. Subscribing to the comment thread means that you will receive an email every time someone posts a coyote sighting to this post you choose to subscribe to. You can then read their comment/sighting in the email you receive.

Instructions for subscribing to the comment thread:

1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
2. After you write in your sighting, check the box that says, “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” before you click on “Post Comment.”
3. If you want to subscribe to the comment thread starting now (or any point in the future) but DO NOT have any coyote sightings to post, you have two options for subscribing to the thread without posting a comment. Read below instructions from Bolot.

It appears WordPress.com does not offer a way to subscribe to comments without leaving one. However, there are two workarounds. Solution number one:

1.) Fill out the comment form on this post that just says something like, “I want to be notified via email of any future coyote sightings posted to the website.” MAKE SURE you check the box “Notify me of follow-up comments via email,” then submit the comment. You will need to provide your email address and name.

2.) As an alternative, if you are familiar with RSS, you can subscribe to RSS feed of comments for this post. The details depend on your browser and news reader software. For example, in Safari you can click on the RSS button in the location bar (next to the reload button) and it will offer you three options: the RSS feed for the entire site, the RSS feed for all the comments on the entire site, or the RSS feed for the comments on the current post. Select the last one and you can copy the URL from the location bar and use it in your news reader. If you have no idea what this means, you can learn. You can contact Bolot with questions on how to subscribe via RSS feed; make sure you are sitting at your computer if you call. His contact info is in the printed Directory. If you don’t have a printed Directory, you can email webmaster@parkwoodgardenclub.com for an electronic Directory to be emailed to you if you joined the PGC for 2012.

If you are already subscribed to the website, you will NOT be alerted via email every time there is a sighting/comment posted to this post, UNLESS you ALSO subscribe yourself to this specific comment thread! There is a difference. If you want to be immediately alerted of new coyote sightings here, you will have to be proactive and subscribe yourself to the comment thread, as described above.

Any questions, email us! Thanks!

~ Rebecca and Bolot Kerimbaev, Communications Co-Chairs

Coyote sighting Fri, Nov 25, 2011

Reprinted here from the eastlake road neighborhood website (http://eastlakeneighborhood.org/?p=1426):

On Friday, Nov 25 about 11:05 p.m., I saw two coyotes across the street from my house on East Lake Rd roaming the neighbor’s front yard heading toward the Parkwoods. They eventually crossed the street and onto E. Parkwood. They were definitely full grown and looking for food.

Bobby Chung (2264 E. Lake Rd.)