Coyote Sightings and Management on Skidaway Island
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in conjunction with The Landings Association, is preparing a management strategy to reduce the total population of Coyotes in The Landings. The management plan will include additional culling methods that will take place over the next couple of months.
Coyotes, who resemble a small dog are known for how well they adapt and thrive in a variety of habitats wherever water, food, and shelter can be found. For years, coyotes have inhabited Wassaw, Ossabaw, and other coastal islands in our area, so it comes as no surprise that coyotes have migrated to Skidaway Island.
Because they are so adaptable, coyotes also thrive in urban and suburban settings, which include major cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta, Savannah, and most recently, Tybee Island.
Their food sources include marsh rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons, armadillos, fruits, and vegetables. Although the sightings can create increased concern for some property owners, coyotes do tend to remove themselves from potential danger (e.g., humans and other domestic animals) and typically travel alone or in small packs.
Over the last two years, Jonathan Smith, our ¾ time U.S. Department of Agriculture (APHIS) Wildlife Biologist, has been monitoring coyote sightings.
If you have a specific concern related to wildlife (deer, feral hogs, coyotes, or migratory birds, please report the issue by calling the Public Works Office (598-5509). You also can submit a report via SeeClickFix on The Landings Association’s website (https://www.landings.org/service-requests) or by using your TLA app.
This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website. Visit landings.org to read the original article. https://landings.org/news/2019/10/31/coyote-sightings-and-management-skidaway-island