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Meadowlakes addresses coyote ‘infiltration’

Coyote in Texas field

The city of Meadowlakes is advising residents to be cautious when outdoors after possible coyotes killed deer earlier this month and at least one coyote was spotted in the city limits. (Image is stock for illustration purposes and not the one seen in the city.) iStock image

Meadowlakes city officials are monitoring the possible presence of coyotes within the city following reports of deer killings earlier in October. Mayor Mark Bentley and City Manager Johnnie Thompson addressed the issue in an Oct. 13 edition of the weekly community newsletter.

“We are working on a plan to control the recent coyote infiltration,” Thompson wrote.

City officials believe a pack of three to four coyotes is making its presence known within the city limits. However, by Wednesday, Oct. 20, Thompson confirmed no more deer deaths and only one report of a coyote spotted within the city. 

“We have contacted the government trapper, and he is looking into a means of controlling them should the problem redevelop,” Thompson said in a statement. 

City officials are encouraging residents to proceed with caution when outdoors alone or with small animals. 

More information on the issue will be shared in the weekly newsletter as it arises, Thompson said. 

brigid@thepicayune.com

3 thoughts on “Meadowlakes addresses coyote ‘infiltration’

  1. Burnet Co. has had issues with rabies & wildlife. Coyotes have been known to carry rabies. I’m pretty sure Meadowlakes doesn’t have issues with rat infestations.
    We do have a lot of Whitetail Deer, that’s why we have hunting seasons. I realize you can’t hunt within the city limits, however, there are other ways of controlling the deer population when hunting isn’t allowed. I also understand “let nature take it’s course” and I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with rabid animals being in such close proximity to homes and our domesticated pets.
    Coyotes need to stay out of the city. One could argue “well, they’re running out of places to be because we keep building” –Maybe we should stop building. This town is no longer the little country town I grew up in.

    1. Have they found a rabid coyote or are you just projecting worst case scenarios?
      Possums, racoons, dogs, etc. all carry rabies, so why single out coyotes?
      Coyote’s need to stay out of the city? Perhaps we can teach them to read city limit signs? LOL
      Growing up in a “country town” you should be used to coyotes.

  2. I am puzzled why the presence of coyotes is considered such a problem. They are present in Chicago, where I lived for many years, and tolerated because they help with rat infestations, far more dangerous to the residents than they are. Do we really need to be so protective of white-tail deer, which are far too numerous for the health of our open lands?

    I refer you to this link for your research; http://www.projectcoyote.org/carnivores/coyote/. The NY Times also has an excellent article on the benefits of coyote presence in cities.

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