Posted: Sep 3, 2014 10:19 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Sep 3, 2014 10:48 PM
WALKER - Reports of coyote sightings in Livingston Parish are in the hundreds so the police department is tracking the numbers with a special map that showcases the locations of coyote sightings.
"There's a lot of them," said Cpt. John Sharp. "More than most people would think."
Sharp says while coyotes are everywhere, the sightings may have become more frequent because of a construction boom where habitats are reduced or destroyed.
With more calls being made about the issue, Walker Police began plotting sightings on a map. The department enlisted the help of the Facebook group Lost Pets of Livingston, which helps reunite owners and their lost pets.
Don Stone says he was mowing the lawn last Monday when he spotted a coyote feet away.
"It just looked at me, I looked at it," he said. "It kind it wandered around a little bit like it wasn't scared of the lawn mower or anything."
People have reported missing chickens, cats and small dogs on the group's Facebook page. Owners of one dog say they heard their pet yelp twice before she was taken. The dog's collar was found chewed up in the woods behind their home.
Police say coyote sightings aren't a cause for concern, but urge people to keep track of pets.
"If you have little animals, or pigs or chickens or whatever, be aware that they can be on the coyote dinner table," said Sharp.
Coyotes are classified by the Wildlife and Fisheries as outlaw quadrupeds and those with proper hunting licenses can hunt coyotes throughout the year during daylight shooting hours.
The Walker Police Department will meet with Wildlife and Fisheries and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office in the next few weeks to see if anything can or should be done about the coyotes.