Ladies and Gents,
In the past month we have received a number of calls concerning the sighting of coyotes. Some have heard them as well. This has particularly been the case along Pine Knoll Blvd (the drive to Town Hall from Rt 58) and several of the nearby streets. This has come on top of reports that started this Spring in other areas of the Town. While some folks who have been around this area for years say we have always had coyotes, there has definitely been an increase in reports to us at Town Hall recently. Sadly, there has also been an increase in reports of missing cats, mainly on the Loblolly loop area. We have no proof that these 2 issues are related, but the coincidence cannot be ignored.
We contacted the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). They provided us with the attached flyer with information to prevent conflicts with these animals.
As with most of these types of issues the basic rule is to try as best as possible to avoid interaction. Eradication won’t work, nor will attempts at trapping/moving them. Living next to a 275 acre Natural Area makes this pointless.
There are some very good and reasonable tips listed in the attachment. Probably the one that makes the most sense is removing food sources. As you can see in the photo below taken in Town on 8 August, the animals are eating something that was left in the open.
Let’s secure our trash, keep our pets on leash, and take the other steps listed. Hopefully the coyotes will go somewhere else to eat.
Lastly: we are awaiting a call from a NCWRC Biologist and will try to get him to come in for a talk. We’ll get the word out on this and invite anyone interested to attend.