Inverness community turns to traps to fight coyote problem

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s hard to miss the signs when you drive through an unidentified neighborhood in Inverness.
Warning! Traps in area. Keep pets on a leash and children clear.
Cate Sommer explains why the signs are needed. “This is a large suburban area full of children and families and small pets and I’m more worried about us than I am about coyotes.”
Coyotes are on the prowl and are blamed for the disappearance of several pets.
Mike Richardson is a professional trapper and says since he’s been on the job he’s already caught one coyote. He says the animals are suffering.
“We set cameras out initially and we found we had some very sick coyotes on the property.”
Richardson says his job is made difficult by those who oppose his methods.
But he says the traps are humane.”Everybody thinks this is cruel… this is inhumane. With the trap they are not uncomfortable at all.”
Richardson checks the traps daily. The hope is to thin the numbers by about a dozen animals.
The work is slow with the rainy weather impacting the traps.
Neighbor Tom Brady says he’s committed to the process. “I’ve already told them if it takes 6-months then they can leave that sign out in my yard for 6 months because I want to make sure my families safe… That’s my number one… My family my pets are most important to me.”

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