Man asks for help to remove aggressive coyotes from property

LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After months of pet attacks and close encounters, one man turned to Craigslist in search of help to remove aggressive coyotes.

Sammi Costa said he's noticed at least eight coyotes roaming his property in Loudon County. Costa said he fears for his neighbor's young children and his pets.

"It's gotten out of control here the last few months, our animals come in at night because we can't leave them out at night," Costa said.

Costa posted to Craigslist in hopes of finding a hunter to come help remove the coyotes. However, he said he's open to options that don't involve killing the coyotes.

"I'm not saying I need a hunter to come down and shoot them, I know they can be relocated. At this point I'm willing to discuss anything that can be done," Costa said.

Matt Cameron with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said hunting coyotes is open season, but it may not be effective.

"We've hunted them for years and years and the population only grows, a lot of people feel better about it though, and there is not a lot of restriction on that, the season is open year round with no limit," Cameron said.

Cameron said relocation is an option, but TWRA will not do it themselves; instead, they have licensed trappers who will charge a fee depending on the animal and location. Cameron suggested that if coyotes are not posing a threat, it's best to leave them alone.

"If you eradicate that population of coyotes, another pack is probably going to move in, and they could be more aggressive and cause you problems," Cameron said.

If you would like information on how to spot coyote tracks and how they operate, visit the TWRA website here.