Residents want City of Mobile to trap and eliminate growing coyote population

By Lee Beck

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Mobile, Alabama (WALA) – Coyote encounters have been an ongoing problem for two years here at Mobile. Jacob Blasius lives on Evelyn Drive near Gate 1 of Mobile University and says the problem has gotten worse.

“Coyotes used my yard—crossing my yard—despite good lighting and open blinds—they could see me physically but showed no fear and felt free to travel through my yard,” Blasius recalls.

Soon, Blasius joined “Coyote Watch” – Nextdoor’s app group of about 550 members. The social media group alerts members with videos, photos, and even maps showing over 115 views, mostly in Spring Valley and the Springhill area. Not all scenes were at night.

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They say most wolf packs are believed to live on wooded properties owned by the city. As it stands now, the city is only required to act when residents provide video evidence of aggressive coyotes.

“We have noticed that the numbers have been continuing to increase as they continue to multiply. The current law we do not feel is sufficient, because we want to take preventive measures. We want to prevent future attacks,” Blasius told the Mobile City Council.

Ahead of a mobile city council meeting on Tuesday, Blasius clarified the group’s proposal. The proposal asks City of Mobile to update its decree – requiring them to lock up all wolves, not just aggressive wolves.

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“They must be surrounded and exterminated one pack at a time. You can’t just deal with an aggressive wolf that could be an alpha male or an alpha female. Alpha males and alpha females discourage other members of the herd from breeding, which means if you kill an alpha male and an alpha female, you have to kill The rest of the herd to prevent the rest of the herd from causing a population explosion explained Blasius.

The group believes that the longer the city waits to act, the more expensive it will be.

“Obviously the real fear isn’t so much that we’re actually being attacked — that as the coyotes population within Mobile City multiplies and multiplies and spreads into more neighborhoods, the potential for attack on domestic animals and humans will be greater,” Blasius said.

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The group says they are optimistic that City of Mobile will work with them, but say if they do not act on the matter, they will not only file the petition but are willing to make this an electoral issue.

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