Coyotes in Baton Rouge neighborhood

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:07pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 9:20am

When small pets started disappearing a couple months back, people in the Woodlawn Acres neighborhood of Baton Rouge didn't expect that a deadly predator was on the loose. But then, the truth became very clear.

"Then we started finding remains of cats," said Kenny Weber. "Personally, we've lost four."

Roaming coyotes have now been spotted coming from the wooded areas surrounding the neighborhood. Two were spotted and thought to be dogs by a young family playing in the park.

"Her kids tried to call them over," Weber said. "Thank goodness there was a BREC officer there, and he said those are coyotes, not dogs."

The parish animal control sent a worker to set up a trap, baited with food and a trap door to try and catch the coyote.

Animal Control said they've received several complaints from people who live on the street about possible predators on the loose.

Residents and animal lovers can only hope that the traps are successful.

"Our pets are children, if you like pets," Weber said. "And it's very disheartening when something happens to them."

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Baton Rouge officials should undertake an education program for residents to teach them how to coexist and appreciate wildlife (such as coyotes), instead of killing or trapping it. Residents need to learn to supervise their pets, to never feed coyotes, to only place tightly covered trash out on collection day, to clean up under birdfeeders, etc. Coyotes are normally very shy of humans, unless they're being fed. If one comes too close, clap your hands, shout, blow a whistle or open an umbrella. America's native "song dogs", the most adaptable, intelligent animals in the woods, should not be trapped or shot. Other coyotes will simply move in and breed more. A good source of info is

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