Residents want City of Mobile to trap and eliminate growing coyote population

Mobile, Ala. (WALA) – Coyote encounters have been an ongoing problem in Mobile for a few years. Jacob Blasius lives on Evelyn Drive near Gate 1 of the University of Mobile and says the problem is getting worse.

“Despite the open roof and good lighting, the dogs crossing my yard could physically see me, but they freely roamed my yard without showing any fear,” Blasius recalls.

Not long after, Blasius joined “Coyote Watch,” a Nextdoor app group with nearly 550 members. The social media team created videos, Members are reminded through pictures and maps showing more than 115 sights, mostly in the Spring Valley and Springhill area. Not all scenes are at night.

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Most of the coyote pack is believed to live in city-owned timber properties, they said. As it stands now, the city only needs to take action when residents submit video evidence of aggressive coyotes.

“As we continued to grow, we noticed that the number continued to increase. We feel that the existing law is insufficient because we want preventive measures. We want to prevent future attacks,” Blasius said before the Mobile City Council.

Blasius spelled out the group’s proposal before the Mobile City Council on Tuesday. The proposal calls for the city of Mobile to update its ordinance to trap all coyotes, not just aggressive ones.

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“You have to trap them and exterminate them at once. You can’t just deal with an aggressive coyote, which may be an alpha male or alpha female. Alpha males and alpha females discourage other members of the pack from breeding; This means that if you kill the alpha male and the alpha female, you have to kill the rest of the population to prevent a population explosion. Blasius explained.

The longer the city has to wait, The group believes that the more money it costs.

“Obviously, The real fear is that we already have attacks, so not many more. The number of coyoes in the city of Mobile is growing, and as they spread throughout neighborhoods, they have the potential to attack pets and people. It will increase by a significant amount,” Blasius said.

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The group said they’re optimistic the City of Mobile will work with them, but if they don’t follow through, they’re prepared to not only file a petition but make it an election issue.

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