A coyote has caused a lot of conversation online after it was spotted in a Nashville subdivision.
A member of the Hip Bellevue Facebook page, Justin Styll, posted the pictures of a coyote walking through the Valley West Subdivision at the intersection of Colice Jeanne Rd and Birch Bark Drive.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency warns anyone who may see one in their area not to feed it.
Coyotes are common in Tennessee and can be attracted to your area by garbage or small mammals.
TWRA suggest the following actions to help keep them out of your yard:
- Do not leave barbecue grill outside and uncovered. The smell of the grill and the contents of the grills drip pan attracts coyotes.
- Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Remove any leftovers if feeding outdoors. Store pet food in areas not accessible to other animals.
- Clear brush and weeds from around property. This deprives the coyote's prey (small mammals and birds) of protective cover and deters coyote from hunting around your property.
- A fenced yard may deter coyotes. The fence must be at least 6 feet high. Preferably the bottom of the fence should extend 6 inches below ground level.
- Do not leave small children outside alone if coyotes have been frequenting the area.
- Do not allow pets to run free.