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City officials decide against declaring war on coyotes
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The city has opted against a coyote eradication project.

McMinnville government has selected coexistence over coyote eradication. 

“I don’t think we can control these things with lethal force,” said McMinnville Vice Mayor Everett Brock. “I don’t think that is even close to being a thing to do.”

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Alderman met Tuesday night and listened to a presentation by city administrator Nolan Ming, who was instructed to gather information on mitigation of the coyote population within the city. 

“I was asked by the board to research coyote management solutions, and two came to the forefront in my studies: lethal removal and a community-level approach,” said Ming. “When it comes to lethal removal, I received one verbal quote of $1,000 a week for a minimum of two weeks per property. This contractor said that such an approach would be ineffective in addressing a city-wide problem. This approach would only temporarily impact coyotes currently in the area and open a void for others to move back in.”

Ming said he reached out to three Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials and each advised him that a community-level approach that would educate the community about coyote ecology and behavior so residents can take an active role in reducing human-coyote conflicts.

TWRA officials are willing to work with the city in any way possible.

“I propose that we move forward with a community-level approach and basically follow a templet provided by Ohio State University which is also attached to Tennessee’s literature on controlling coyotes,” said Ming. “The cost impact, I’m guess, is $3,000 a year in educational material.”

Stanley D. Geht, professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University, oversaw the Urban Coyote Research Project.

The question of whether people actually read brochures was raised. 

“I don’t see throwing $3,000 on brochures that nobody is going to read isn’t actually going to benefit anybody,” said Brock. “It’s not that much money, but hey, I don’t like throwing $3,000 away.”

Ming replied, “We actually make our own for storm water. If we wanted to do some, we could do them in-house.”

Visit the website at https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/ to learn all about coyotes and discover what the researchers are learning about urban coyote ecology and management.