Coyotes in Wilmington?

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Submitted: Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:38am
Updated: Thu, 06/05/2014 - 7:09pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Coyotes aren’t a common sight in Southeastern North Carolina but some folks say they’re becoming far too common.

“They’re like sharks of the land,” said Steve Bilzi, who has seen coyotes near his home.

“Then, in the last two weeks, I’ve actually seen more than one at a time running across Greenville Loop myself,” Bilzi said. He added that he and his neighbors have seen the animals causing trouble in recent weeks.

“Disappearing cats; people have literally said that they have been on their porches and their dogs have gotten surrounded by them,” Bilzi said.

“Well, it’s not too common right around here,” said Jimmy English, a wildlife removal expert. “There’s a lot of mischief he can get into just like with anything else.”

Collecting wildlife is his business and has been for years. English said coyotes are smart animals. He’s only caught one alive.

“If they wanna shoot them, shoot ‘em,” said English. “Wildlife people don’t care if you shoot em’.”

Otherwise, his advice is simple.

“Live with it,” he laughed. “I wish I did have the answer, I could sell the answer boy, woo hoo, I could make me a mint if I knew how to eradicate a coyote.”

Fortunately, English said coyotes are particularly frightened by humans, so there is little danger there.


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  • PublicAvenger says:

    Coyotes, like alligators, and foxes, do not belong in a urban environment, like Wilmington, and should be killed.

  • Tired of it Citizen says:

    Taylor Mitchell, 19, was at the beginning of the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park on Tuesday afternoon when she was attacked, according to Chip Bird, the Parks Canada field unit superintendent for Cape Breton.
    Bird said hikers saw the coyotes attacking Mitchell and called 911. She was airlifted to a hospital in Halifax, where she died about 12 hours later, he said

  • southernmomma says:

    I live in Ogden and I have been told we have about five of them roaming our neighborhood at night.I have only seen one.A neighbor found one in his garage,but it ran off.I try to be careful at night,because I have to take my dog out every night before bedtime.

  • Billp says:

    I believe that coyotes are the reason I haven’t seen any stray cats or dogs around lately. Seems there are fewer raccoons and opossums also. I used to see a gray fox occasionally but not in about 6 months.

  • Wiley says:

    We live off Oleander near the Batting Cages & Dogwood – I hear them howl at night and all the cats are missing round here – every week there is a new missing cat sign up at the front of the neighborhood…

  • guest270 says:

    I for one will take the coyotes over the feral cat population. People don’t realize how many birds and small mammals that a population of feral cats will kill out of an area. I continue to hear stories of how cats that are allowed to roam are disappearing and I’m glad to hear it.

    That may sound callous but cats are a bit too efficient at hunting and can get into trees and places that coyotes will never get to. Just some food for thought on the pros and cons angle.

    On the subject of them possibly attacking people or small children. I often hear about dogs attacking small children but I can’t recall that happening around here with coyotes. While I can’t say how they act in town, out here in the country the are very skittish and generally try to get away from people as quickly as possible.

  • guesty says:

    Cat problem solved.

  • 6414 says:

    They have eaten all of the outdoor cats in our neighborhood. We also had a fox that roamed at night and he is now gone.

    Carolina Beach State Park is full of coyotes.

  • guesty says:

    And the Bible said: “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

  • cindy says:

    Leave the animals alone. READ THE BIBLE. ANIMALS WERE HERE FIRST!

  • SayWha? says:

    And God said to his people: “Leave the animals alone!” (From the Book of Nowhere, Chapter Zip, Verse Nothing)

    Of course, as manifested throughout the entire Old Testament, God must have changed his mind shortly after saying that or he wouldn’t have accepted the gazillion slaughtered animals he accepted from the Israelites as burnt offerings in the temple and elsewhere.

    My goodness, if you’re going to use the Bible as the source for your position, it would probably be helpful if you read a little of it first.

  • Tired of it Citizen says:

    RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is notifying the public that a U.S. District Judge has issued a court order prohibiting hunting of coyotes in Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Tyrrell and Washington counties, day or night, except under extremely limited circumstances. This notification is due to a lawsuit in which the Wildlife Resources Commission is alleged to have violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing coyote hunting in those counties where a non-essential experimental reintroduction of the red wolf is occurring.

  • justin says:

    “Choot’em!” is the best Mr. English – a wildlife removal expert- can come up with??? I would suggest he needs to study up on his N.C. Wildlife rules and regulations, especially the newly-instituted ban on hunting coyotes in a half dozen counties across the state. WWAYs story was seen up here in both Dare and Hyde Counties where the new ban is in force – maybe next time you should reach out to true “officials” regarding the law.

  • taxpayer says:

    Adding to what you said, to further clarify the ban on hunting coyotes, it is due to the fact that coyotes and the red wolf look too much alike…according to the Feds…most of whom have never hunted.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Google coywolves.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Let people read about animals, such as the Coyote, and their habits and why they show up in neighborhoods that used to be their natural environment…not just some joker saying…”Shoot ‘Em”. Broaden your readers minds a bit…if you dare.
    Sounds like a 3rd grader wrote your report.

  • Craig Belton says:

    The first time I saw a coyote was around 1995 on Masonboro Sound Rd.
    I thought it was a smaller Huskie at first. Then didn’t see another for 3 years till my neighbor hit one with his car on same rd.
    Now we see them all the time right as the sun goes down. And you can see them at times swimming across the waterway headed to islands. We have had a cat killed by one 2 houses away. And see what seems to be the same pack rummaging throw trash. My game camera has gotten pics of 8 at one time on my property.

    I live off the road on a lot of 2.5 acres. Backs up to the sound/waterway. We love it and it’s been in my wife’s family for over 100 yrs. nobody ever mentioned these animals till a few years ago. They are a problem and can be very dangerous. If they have rabies look out they are 45 to 55lb animals that run up to 35mph. And in a pack are fearless.
    Keep your pets in after dark or it might turnout bad.

  • Anonymous says:

    I believe this was irresponsible reporting on WWAY. Google coyote attacks, and you’ll see that they pose a serious threat to small children particularly. Coyotes hunt in packs, so they can also attack adults, and have killed a 19-year old. My 11 year old son was in danger from them one night. He walked across the street to retrieve a basketball he’d left at a house that borders the Porter’s Neck Plantation. It was pitch-dark. He heard a noise, and turned on his cell phone flashlight app. It revealed a pack of 5 coyotes… what appeared to be 2 adults and 3 juveniles. They were staring at him, and he thought they were dogs. He began to feel fear, and backed up, running. He got home safely. He is very large for his age, and that may have stopped them from attacking. Or the light may have scared them. But 5 coyotes against an 11 year old—he could have been killed. Coyotes have increased in population lately in the Porter’s Neck area. They are seen and heard often. This newscast seemed, to me, to deem them harmless, and I totally disagree.

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