Forget the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you live in Columbia County, you might want to keep your eyes open for coyotes.
Lee Taylor, a biologist and regional game-management supervisor for Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division, said complaints about the secretive predators are particularly plentiful this year.
“So far we’ve had 20 to 30 coyote complaints,” he said. “This time of year, they often have a litter of pups they are taking care of so they’re more active and out hunting.”
How common are coyotes in Columbia County?
Dan Eaton, a professional trapper and owner of CSRA Trapping Services, estimates he has removed about 100 coyotes for clients in Columbia County this year alone.
“They don’t have a natural predator,” Eaton said. “They’re at the top of the apex – the only predator they have is us.”
– Rob Pavey,
Augusta Chronicle outdoor editor