Birmingham wants residents to live peacefully with the Eastern coyote which has been seen in nearby wooded areas. They have a web page attached to their city site that educates residents on the wild coyotes, informing them of many things like size, weight, and nature of the animal but one of the more important paragraphs is the one that explains what they eat.
The Eastern coyote loves to feast on small rodents such as mice, rats, rabbits and squirrels and since many people get their cats de-clawed and keep them indoors these rodents really don’t have much in the line of natural predators. This is probably one of the big reasons that Birmingham doesn’t seem to mind having these coyotes around and coyotes are not known for attacking humans.
The problem is the coyotes don’t have a natural predator to make a meal of them and if they are left alone as Birmingham officials seem to want then they’ll be able to breed freely and eventually they could end up becoming a huge nuisance. Their diet is not limited to small rodents, they have been known to attack small dogs and cats; officials suggest that you do not let your pets out at night alone, they also acknowledge that these animals will get into your garbage and you should be careful not to leave any food source outside.
The population of these animals has no way to go but up since breeding is a natural instinct and they usually have more than one pup per litter. Does the city of Birmingham have a plan for when this happens? How many family pets will have to be attacked or disappear before residents start to get angry and possibly take matters into their own hands? Is it possible that one day we will have a hunting season for coyotes?