Skylar Wilkerson is ready in case the coyote that terrorized his family on Thursday morning comes back.
“I would have never thought, when I came out of my door that morning I'd be charged at by a coyote.” said Tara Wilkerson.
Wilkerson says she was in the kitchen when she heard screaming. She ran out of the house to get to her kids, when she found out, the family pet had already sprung into action.
Their pitbull Drako was injured on his nose but was able to scare the coyote off.
“He saved us. He's a good baby,” said Wilkerson.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recognizes that the number of coyotes in the area is a problem.
They offer incentives for hunters to trap and kill the animals, but still they get calls from people like Wilkerson.
Mark Wooley hunts coyotes for fun.
“You can kill hunt whatever coyotes year round in the state of Georgia,” said Wooley.
Wooley keeps his traps in his truck. “The jaws here are offset and what that does it the trap can apply pressure to the animals foot when they get caught but it doesn't hurt the animal in any way,” said Wooley.
Last year he caught almost 300 coyotes, but he hasn't heard of any attacking humans, unless their rabid or their babies are close by.
“There are tons of em right here in Monroe county, but as far as preying on people or encounters with humans, most of the time they're going to run the other way,” said Wooley
“I'm scared that either somebody's kid, or somebody's dog is going to end up getting killed,” said Wilkerson. So for Wilkerson, to avoid any more close encounters, she is keeping her kids and a baseball bat close by.
The Department of Natural Resource’s Coyote Challenge is currently underway.
They're encouraging hunters to send in pictures of coyotes that they've killed to be eligible for a lifetime hunting license.
The program continues until the end of August. For more information about the challenge, visit their website here.