It's the 'dog' days of August – not coyote days

Something in south PTC is eating pets, even a baby deer; resident blames coyotes, but county thinks it’s more likely a pack of dogs

There was a report last week of the partial remains of a domesticated cat and a small deer, perhaps a fawn, found in the yard of a Peachtree City resident in the area of Crosstown Road and Robinson Road.

Officials with Fayette County Animal Control say the find is clear evidence that the owners of cats or other small pets should be wary of letting them roam free.

It was nearly a week ago that Glenda Lohmann’s neighbor on Summit Walk found the partial remains of a friend’s cat near the driveway in her front yard. Then, two days later, Lohmann found the partial remains of a young deer, also in multiple locations around her front yard.

She found an ear behind the shrubs in one location, the skull behind another area of shrubs and a part of the carcass weighing approximately 30-40 pounds in yet another location in the yard.

Animal Control Director Fred Sisson said the report like the one filed in Peachtree City, one with more than one dead animal found close together in a short period of time, is the first of its type that he can recall.

The discovery of the partial remains of the deer was possibly the work of a stray dog that feasted on a fawn or young doe that had been hit by a vehicle, he said.

Even the partial remains of the cat found nearby was likely the work of a dog, since coyotes, the presumed culprit, are very elusive and display markedly different feeding patterns, Sisson said.

“Coyotes will usually take everything. If any parts of the animal remain that usually indicates the feeding of a stray dog,” Sisson explained. “A pack of coyotes could go for a fawn or a young doe, but they are so opportunistic they would probably go for something dead, like a deer that had been hit by a vehicle. However, animals like cats and rabbits are high on their menu. And a stray dog or a coyote will eat almost anything.”

Lohmann said she has lived in the Robinson Road area for 22 years and had not seen anything like what was found last week. Nor had she seen wild dogs, or even strays.

All the dogs are only seen with their owners, Lohmann said, noting her close proximity to the cart path that leads to the adjacent Braelinn Recreation Center and nearby Oak Grove Elementary School, areas often frequented by residents and their dogs.

Commenting further on the discovery and its implication, Sisson cautioned residents about the need to make sure where their pets are located. Sisson said the best thing residents can do is to make sure that their animals are not running loose.

Fayette County residents often report seeing foxes, and sometimes bobcats, but Sisson said those animals, unlike coyotes, do not hunt in packs. And neither of those animals could take down a small deer.

As for the increases in wildlife seen increasingly in populated areas both in the Fayette County area and across the country, Sisson said that is due to the continued encroachment of human populations into territory once claimed by the wildlife now seen in increasing numbers by their human neighbors.

Case in point, Sisson said he has seen reports indicating that the coyote population in Georgia has increased dramatically in the past 15 years. And in places such as Fayette County where coyotes are not hunted, that population can grow unabated.

“And coyotes are very adaptable. The smaller the patch of woods available to them, the more they have to adapt. And we will see more of them because there are fewer places for them to hide,” Sisson said.

But what about the sightings of other, larger animals in the Fayette County area? Sisson said bear have occasionally been sighted, though usually only in river basins. And very sporadically, the department has received reports of very large cats, usually in south Fayette near the Flint River basin. None of those infrequent reports have been verified, Sisson said.

The one example of wildlife that presents the greatest danger, at least for humans, are the ubiquitous deer that can be seen all over the county.

“Overall, deer present the biggest problem for traffic accidents,” Sisson said.

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coyote no....it was..

Lon Chaney just before he turned into a werewolf around 8pm on the cartpath just behind Braellin Kroger Store

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Cat was no loss but the poor little deer was

Coyote, yes they are roaming the area. You should keep the fur balls in doors at night if you dont want them eaten.

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Coyote population

It has increased dramatically, right here in PTC! However, I think these sighting are coyote ugly people from the Red Room, not the natural creatures from the desert.
They turn into werewolves after listening to 140 Db hip-hop and after 20-30 shots of LSD drops in some Mimosa drink!
It wears off just before dawn however and they all go home to Clayton and Fulton.
The people who made the witch and ghost movie a few years back are in town I noticed and I'll bet these things have already been filmed on the cart paths!
No known eating of humans has yet occurred due to the high alcohol content of PTC residents.

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I saw a werewolf drinkin a pina colada at Trader Vic's

and his hair was perfect.

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Better stay away from him

He'll rip your lungs out, Jim.

I'd like to meet his tailor.

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Warren Zevon

RIP....Good one, spy.

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Coyote spotted Robinson/Crosstown

On 8/29/10 at about 845pm-9pm, I thought I saw a coyote about to enter the treeline and backyards of the homes in The Summit. I was driving south on Robinson Rd and had just passed Crosstown Rd. when I saw what looked like a coyote on the right side of the road, in the grass, heading towards The Summit. I turned into The Summit at Crestwood and backtracked north up Summit Walk to see if I could see it come out of the woods. I didn't see the coyote again but I did see 2 deer running across the street, away from the area where I saw the coyote enter. I wasn't 100% sure it was a coyote at the time but now after reading this story and these other posts I am convinced it was. Keep your pets and kids safe!

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Coyotes around Bernhard Road and Busbin Road

I live very near these coyote sightings on Bernhard Road (about a half mile north of Bernhard through the woods... on Busbin Road) and have seen one as well although it was some time back. He was traveling along the edge of my fenceline. Much more recently I have heard them yelping in the late evening. They are definitely around Fayette and PTC. And like others have mentioned I very rarely see any stray dogs... much less a pack of them. Friends with property near GA85 and Old Greenville Road see them regularly.

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Coyote

Had one run in front of my Car on Bernhard Rd. 8.25.2010 just after dark. It was definately a Coyote, it was 20 foot in front of us.

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Coyote on Redwine Rd. Aug.22

It was 7:30 in the morning. It ran out of Woodcreek sub. crossed the road right in front of my car. At first I thought it was a dog running loose. As I slowed down the coyote turned and walked up to my car showing no fear at all.

He probably is probably eating pretty well with all of the pets that are allowed to roam.

He showed no fear of humans and didn't appear to be sick.

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Wile E Coyote

Just Southeast of WWHS a couple of miles there is a pack of them that let loose yelping on a regular basis. Make no mistake about....they live among us. And they don't mind doing so at all.

And contrary to everyone's overblown fears they will not eat your children. But they will dine on your little dogs and cats.

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Git, they'll eat anything they can get a hold of

Git, you will no doubt remember when a few fellow bloggers attempted to rake me over the coals because I have a tendency of removing such animals from the gene pool.

And yes, the will attack people. If they sense that they have the advantage they'll attack anything.

They hunt in packs and when the pack is hungry enough they'll attack a cow, person or anything that they think they can subdue.

Isn’t it wonderful that the local citizen population now finds it a necessity to rid this “problem” from society when dogs, cats and young deer are the food supply of such animals?

Where is “comrade photographer” and his “save the beast” following when someone looses a kitten to this wild animal?

Because I and people like me actively hunt this type of predator and kill it weather it killed a kitten, dog or hamster, we get hammered; fine with me. For all of you that think I’m someone that kills an animal indiscriminately please let your dog, cat or child run loose.

As I said before; there are things in the woods that can eat you or your children.

If you don’t have the stomach to kill them first, don’t bitch at me for doing it for you!

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Like A Coonass....Eat Anything That Won't Eat Them First?

I disagree Bad. They aren't into eating people. I know that if they were starved that possibility is a good one. People do the same.

I've got the calls and a decoy out on the farm. Riding out there probably on Wed or Thurs for a couple of weeks. I should have a good enough schedule to be able try to pick a couple off this go-round. I need to kill this 'blankity - blank' armadillo off that is destroying my beds in the courtyard and around the house. I've got a 2' hole to cover up this weekend.

Funny skunk story.... Back in July I was returning from a cross country motorcycle trip with a buddy. We were heading East through OK so we stopped off at the farm. That evening I literally had a skunk at my feet while getting on the tractor. That is about as bad as having a barn mouse scurry up the inside of your pants in panic which in turn kind of panics me too. Anyways...I digress.... Sooo.... I had a pump on pond running and I told my friend I was going to fuel it up so it would pump during the night so I could gain on draining this spot I needed to dry out for dozer work. Told him to ride with me as I was going to see if there were any skunks in the fields since the hay had just been cut and baled.

It was about midnight as we headed out on the Rhino. Me in wearing my gym shorts, work boots and toting an old 12 gauge goose gun I use to keep around for a varmit tool. We head out and sure enough about a 100 yards away from the barn heading to the ponds I see a skunk. Grin on my face I head his way. Well... he started heading for some 18" pipe I had laying in the field that was going to be used for a new pond spill pipe. As he got close 2 other skunks met up with this one as they all 3 entered on the three 40' sections of pipe. I thought "well crud" until it dawned on me I did have them in a favorable position.

So I swung the headlights of the Rhino around to shine towards the ends of the pipe. Got out... chambered one and pointed the barrel downstream in the center of the pipe and let loose. It was pretty neat to see all the smoke, rust, dust and dirt poof out the other end. (A guy thang) Then I pulled the bolt back and reloaded and aimed down the middle pipe. BOOM! More cool action out the other end. Then finished off the third pipe. Well..at that point one them ran out the other end. I guess the other two sacrificed their lives for him. So I popped him. Got three of them in less than 2 minutes. Life doesn't get any better than that.

The next morning at about 6:30 in the morning I was sitting outside the house while my friend was loading his bike for the return to Oklahoma. I was staying a couple of extra days to get some work done. While sitting there enjoying the beautiful sunrise and cool quiet morning, I notice something black moving about past the barns. Well...I'm thinking dang... another one. So I grab my redneck assault weapon and jog out to meet another skunk returning from his nightly escapades returning home.... to my barn. BOOM! Turned him into buzzard food.

So I completely eliminated that herd of skunks that have been plaguing me for several years. The barn smelled better and everyone was happy. Well me and the buzzards were happy. The welder that came out the next week to weld those pipes together..... Ummmm.... he made mention of the horrible stench in the 100 degree heat as he fitted and welded all that up. I did tell him the story of how the skunks died in the pipe. AFTER he sent me the final bill.

As I get ready to go out there I can already expect that shortly before the sun sets, my scrangly friends will all at one time serenade me. A pack about 300 yards East of me. A pack a quarter mile South of me in a small stand of woods in the middle of the prairie. And a pack or two about a quarter mile Northwest of me on some brush infested school lease land. So let the games begin.

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Good to have ya back, Git

Good to have ya back, Git...And you are right--- the goose gun with the skunk story is a guy thing ! Very funny.

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The bird gun will definitely get the job done but lacks finesse.

Have you tried a .223 or even a .22 Hornet? Either will reach out and touch one at a 100+ yards no problem but they require a steady aim.

I've had the little suckers follow me on many occasions when hiking or returning to camp from hunting after dark-thirty. (Hence the .45 in hand while doing so.) Can't say that I've been 'attacked' but I can say that the .45 tends to distract them. Something about the ground and trees shaking and instant daylight I guess.

You should practice your one handed stance while you have the opportunity as you never know when a two legged version might present itself.

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.223 / Hornet

I just haven't found a .223 that I care to leave out at the farmhouse. I do have a 30-30 lever action Winchester that I keep on the Rhino. I have killed one with it. I need to take the time to get it sighted in properly.

Regarding the coyotes. I've never had problem with them and I'm working around their dens and I routinely stumble across them in the brush and have for years without feeling the least bit fearful. We don't ever have problems with them taking down calves but they chow down mightely on the dead ones. My worst problem with them is they dine on my cats which I try to keep around the barns to kill rats and mice. I reguarly accept unwanted cats and kittens to populate the place with. Problem is cats on my farm aren't blessed with 6 lives for some reason.

I will be practicing with my .40 Glock 22 which I'll be totin' on my ride out.

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Wanna see my gun?

Here we go again---just can't keep offn how many and how powerful are the guns and what restaurants are the best!

Never heard of a goose shotgun before, (ain't they greazzy?) but 00-buckshot is good for deer killin. Isn't it # 8 for quail----there I did my part------no wait a minute, ain't no good place to git my car warshed where the help will bow down and ain't no good restaurant in town which air cheep enuff!
Enny way the waitresses are all dis-respectful and I giv them 10% xtra--minus tax and drink. They go home wif $2.50 and hour and tips which can mount to another $5.00 an hour sumtimes. Part-time wurk kills the benefits.

I been thinkin bout tradin in my old Gatlin gun---it is always hangin up.
Seems roadside improvised yankee explosives along the rode air the thing now no ways. That or spirit gided drones wif wire guided clusters what kils all within a block.

Also my drinkin water bin tastin soumthin terible lately---reckon they figured out how to pizzon it?
They dun started 2-3 mor radicals grupes too also to water down the regulr stuff and ruinern us fer shore.
Be afrade, vary afrade!

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Hey $$$$Rules

It still drives you nuts when people discuss leisurely stuff doesn't it? I hate it for you that you are such a miserable being.

Dude.....it's obvious that you slipped of your meds once again. Well...it's time to take one buddy. Might I suggest the little blue one for ya? Now go grab your gun and go shoot it. Watch where you aim now. I'm certain if you just take aim, let it go and shoot your #8 you just might let off some of that pent up frustration that prolly contibutes to that perpetual crappy psyche that dwells within thee grumpy old self.

Might just take your mind off all your partners that reside in your head. Just sayin'.....

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I guess $$$$Rules is me?

I am now convinced that this "Git Real" is not the initial Git Real! At least the old Git could make sense and spell.
I have never had any "blue pills." What color are yours? (pills, I mean).

What did you want me to shoot with my gun? You didn't say? Me?
I prolly wouldn't do that? I see nothing leisurely about guns, guns, guns, ---0ne in every personal location!
Do discussions of guns, eatin, criticizing anything other than your interests, make you ungrunpy and unmiserable and uncrappy psyche?

Now please put your right hand on top of your head and hold down the cursing and lambasting to follow!

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Hey Dollar - Barnstormers Grill

Hey man. Just got back from a terrific bike ride down to the Barnstormer's Grill down in Williamson followed by a scoot out to Swint's Candies in Milner for pecans and some Divinity. Man.... you should have been there with.....

Didn't get to shoot anything though. Most of the critters I ran across had been previously dealt with by cagers.

Cheers old man!!!!!!!

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Mini-14

Mini-14's are always a good option. Not quite the reputation, but cheaper than an AR-15 or most bolt guns with decent optics.

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Ah yes the infamous .223/5.56

AKA urban renewal ammunition.

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Coyotes in PTC

No fear of humans?? Okay, now I'm a little nervous about running on the cartpaths here in PTC! Anybody know if these critters will actually attack humans or only small animals?

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borntorun: Coyotes

Hopefully when I saw it he/she was headed home to their den to sleep for the day. I would be careful at night on the cartpaths. Especially where there are wooded areas with no homes on one side.

I thought it was a lost dog that needed help finding his people, that is why I stopped. Then I saw the long donkey ears and the yellow/green eyes and started moving. He showed no fear. Most stray dogs avoid people and run when they see them. This coyote has a dark salt and pepper coat. He is lean, not thin. He is fit. He looks well fed.

Hopefully it will move on once people start to keep all small pets in a fenced yard or in the house. Once he runs out of food maybe he will move on to search for more.

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Coyote Attacks

Here are some tips to runners to not be eaten by a coyote:

Don't wear your fur coat while running, especially the fur vests that are so common and fashionable on the cart paths.

If you have a tail, stay home.

If you squeak or purr while running, fuhgetaboudit.

If you someone calls you "dear" as you leave the house, tell them to hush their mouth.

If you do encounter a coyote, just stop dead in your tracks, bend down, stare him in the eye and yell "beep, beep" at the top of your lungs.

Finally, you shouldn't have to worry about any of the above, as path runners are always safe, it's the Road Runners that have to worry. Gotcha.:)

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Another tip

Look up Acme.com and order a fail-safe roadrunner trap. Have it shipped to the coyote. He will use the device, only to end up being caught in it himself. (Or else he will fall off a 1000 ft. cliff and have an anvil fall on his head.)

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Goil

So you want an all female city council and a female only path system?

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TinCan

Say what?

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Sorry goil

Must have gotten mixed up between you and mudcat. Which ever one of you posted often about electing all the women to city council.

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TC-It

wasn't me. No apology necessary.

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TinCan, I can defiantly see the resemblance between the two

Between the hair, cloths and rhetoric they're almost indistinguishable from one another.

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bad_ptc

People who make 100k+ and are still as miserable as you are, usually know how to spell, even though sometimes they defiantly wear cloths.

However, I guess suggest you just choose to ignore certain rhetoric for the less than 2 years you plan to say here. Mudcat and I will be at the door waving you adieu. Or not.

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Adieu?

Usin them thar funny words fer so long, I gues, and ignorin retorick, and speakin fer mud too, air bound tu git truble starts!

Thet thar 100k+, is thet lak a 401-k-? mine kinda dispeared as uf late! Gues george and dick tok hit wif him!

I seed sum of them whut defy natur by thu way they ware their cloths. hit air a fre contrie howsumever! most dont have 100ks or 402ks nether.

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I saw a coyote cross

Peachtree parkway at Timber Lake this past week.

It was all grey, about the size of a german shepard only a little skinnier. I was near the lowest point of that section of PT Parkway. I was driving south and it crossed in front of me, going into the bushes to the left (north side) of the road. It was alone. I thought, that looked like a coyote. But thought I was probably loosing it. Then I read this story......

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Yep, looks just like that

& they usually look quilty. Seriously that's how they look. A couple of yrs ago there were a bunch of them in the industrial park/airport/Planterra. I have seen them near city hall/ Flat Creek Rd w/ of them being dead road kill by the bike bridge. I've been surprised that they don't howl & yep & yelp @ night. They probably too are not fans of the loud, smelley carts.

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EEWWWWW.....

It was Wile E. Coyote. How do we know this? He was out prowling around in the evening, just after dark. First, he heard very loud rumbling noises. Then, to check it out, he put his snout in the air and inhaled and almost croaked. Much to Wile's dismay, it was the sound of a GAS powered golf cart, speeding down the path into The Summit from Crosstown. The sound frightened him, but the gas fumes almost knocked him out cold. Then, in his effort to get his Wiley ways back, he got very confused from the fumes invading his small pea-sized coyote brain, and thought what he saw was a sign that read "CAUTION, CELL TOWER AHEAD, BEWARE!!!" It had a red strobe light on it and was flashing, but he kept going and it was only when he got up close that he realized it was actually Rudolph and his red nose. The moral of this story is to always ""Beep, Beep Prepared".

Further tales from the Peachtree City Pet, Path and Pedestrian Series will be available at the library on Oct. 31st.

The End....for now.....

Oh, P.S., for all my kitty friends out there, you know you should not be out alley cattin' around, anyways. Get those owners and leashes out and USE them, for your own safety. Or just stay in the house, for meowin' out loud! Jeesh...!