One of the initial weekly questions (formerly known as Friday Questions) we asked focused on coyotes. We thought for sure sightings of this stealthy animal were urban legend but with
nearly 100 comments from our readers, we’re now taking the situation seriously.
We started to plot every sighting noted in our comment section but quickly realized coyotes span the entire Knoxville region. So we stopped, but we included the map at the bottom of this article so you can see just how prominent this animal is. As urban sprawl ekes into other areas we humans disrupt animal habitats.
How to Protect Your Pets
Many readers noted missing cats, dogs, and even a goat. Here are tips on how you can protect your pets from coyotes.
- Privacy Fence – the most obvious protection method, a fence will keep out all types of animals. Coyotes are known to have unique methods for baiting animals into their lair but in most cases they will not work for food, ie. jumping a fence to gain access to prey.
- Secure Housing – if you need to keep an animal outside, such as a rabbit, make sure the housing structure is secure. Rotten wood or shoddy wire fencing can make access to these pets easy for coyotes.
- Put a Lid On It – we all know that bears will sift through your trash for food but did you know coyotes will too? Make sure your trash or other pet food is securely protected from wild animals.
- Rodents – get rid of rodents. Coyotes will follow these little guys which may lead them right to your house.
- Hire a Llama – it may sound crazy but llamas and alpacas have been known to protect other animals from coyotes.
Hunting and Trapping Laws
almost 100 comments we knew someone would ask about harming a coyote. If you seek to take matters into your own hands we urge you to read the Knox County laws surrounding hunting and trapping of animals. You can also call on the Knox County Animal Control for help.
We hope this information will be helpful as all Knoxvillians appear to be dealing with a coyote problem.
View Knoxville, TN Coyote Sightings in a larger map