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DeKalb neighbors consider trapping, killing wild coyotes

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People in one DeKalb County neighborhood worry coyotes are beginning to wander too close to people and their homes.

The Druid Hills Civic Association held a meeting tonight to see if they should start trapping and killing coyotes before somebody gets hurt.

Wild animal trapper Chip Elliott uses metal trap devices to remove wild coyotes from urban neighborhoods.

"You want the coyote to just be a glimpse of something you see in the woods, not standing in your driveway staring you down," said Elliot. "That's what we do; try to put the fear of humans back into them again."

So we asked DeKalb County Animal Control the tough questions - are they doing enough to keep wild coyotes in check?

"How come animal control doesn't start trapping these coyotes?" asked CBS Atlanta News reporter Steve Kiggins.

"We only handle small animals like raccoons, possums and cats," said Kevin Hearst. "Usually the coyotes won't go into our traps like that."

But not everybody thinks trapping and killing coyotes will solve the problem.

"We have to realize that nature always works in a system of checks and balances - people are usually the ones who upset those checks and balances," said Shelly Raynor.

DeKalb County Animal Control says if you see a coyote acting strangely near your home, call police and stay indoors. They don't want people to approach any wild coyotes.

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