Columbus police chief calls in help to shoot coyotes

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said he's bringing in trained officers to shoot coyotes that are blamed for killing pets.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 7:06 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2019 9:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said he has a plan to eradicate coyotes that are roaming the city and killing pets.

Shelton said he received two reports of coyotes killing cats in the areas of Bluecutt Road off Highway 12 and in the subdivision of Cady Hills.

For a month, the police department set up traps to catch the coyotes, but Shelton said the traps are not working.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Shelton asked council members to approve the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to shoot and kill the coyotes in city limits.

Council members unanimously approved.

Shelton said he wants to safely eradicate the coyotes by bringing in officers who are trained to deal with wild animals.

Shelton said the wildlife agency would send officers to Columbus at the beginning of next week.

Anyone who sees a coyote can call the action number 662-329-5147 or make a post to the Columbus Police Department's Facebook page.

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