GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The Duluth Police Department reports that over the last several weeks they have received dozens of calls about coyote sightings in and around the city.

Officer Ted Sadowski, the public information officer with the city's police department, says the reports have come from the following areas:

  • Grove Park
  • Berkeley Woods
  • Cardinal Lake
  • Abbotts Bridge-Rogers Bridge
  • Buford Hwy by the Chase Bank
  • Neighborhood that backs up to W.P. Jones Park
  • Normal Lake
  • McDaniel Heights
  • St. Marlo Country Club
  • River Place
  • Howell Wood
  • Berkeley Hills Country Club
  • Sugarloaf Country Club
  • Shorty Howell Park

Kaitlyn Goode, the Urban Wildlife Program Manager with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says that this is a common problem in many areas during this time of year due to the time change.

"Coyotes are most active during dawn and dusk. Now that daylight saving time has ended, we are also most active during those hours as well. So that's why people are seeing them more often," says Goode.

Goode says that human and pet attacks can be prevented through modification of human behavior using these tips:

  1. If you see a coyote, make loud noises to scare it away.
  2. Keep your trash outside secure. 
  3. Make sure you clean up birdseed left in your yard from bird feeders.
  4. Bring your pets inside and any pet food bowls.

Goode also says that you should report any aggressive, fearless coyotes immediately to your local officials.

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