Area residents are reporting several coyote sightings in recent weeks around Fairview. Many residents suggest new residential developments are driving them out into more populated areas.
Photos have been posted to social media showing a coyote near Berean Free Will Baptist Church in the 1800 block of Fairview Boulevard. Additional reported sightings include fields along Fairview Boulevard, Cox Pike, Old Nashville Road, Waynes Lane and Bowie Nature Park.
While most of the sightings indicate a mangy or frail coyote, others suggest it could be a young or simply malnourished coyote. Either way, coyotes are known to kill livestock, deer, turkeys and family pets.
Martha Mangrum noted, “I don’t like to see animals suffer, but keep in mind, coyotes kill dogs and cats
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA)advises residents to also pay attention to small children and pets when there have been reported coyote sightings. Small pets such as cats, rabbits and small dogs are considered a favorite prey of coyotes.
Beyond that danger, coyotes can carry a variety of diseases including rabies, mange, distemper, parvo enteritis, hepatitis and internal parasites. If they travel across your property, they can infect your animals.
Often hunted to control damage to livestock and poultry, coyotes can be hunted year-round in Tennessee with no bag limit.
The TWRA also offers the following advice related to coyotes.
- Do not feed coyotes.
- Eliminate water sources that attract rodents, birds and snakes which coyote will prey upon.
- Position bird feeders so coyotes cannot get to the feed. Coyotes may also be attracted to birds and small mammals lured to the feeder.
- Do not discard edible garbage as coyotes will eat table scraps.
- Secure garbage containers with lids that clamp down tight even when tipped over.
- Do not leave barbecue grill outside and uncovered as the smell of the grill and contents of the drip pan attracts coyotes.
- Feed pets indoors if possible and store pet food in areas not accessible to other animals.
- Clear brush and weeds from property to deter coyote from hunting around your property.
- A fenced yard may deter coyotes, but must be at least 6 feet high.
- Do not leave small children outside alone if coyotes are frequenting the area.
- Do not allow pets to run free and provide secure housing especially at night.
- You can also discourage coyotes from frequenting your area by throwing rocks, shouting and making loud noises when one is nearby.