More than three months after rounding up five coyotes in the Windsor Park and Overlook Drive neighborhoods, a Columbus enforcement official said the animals are under control for now, but wild hogs are still on the move.
Drale Short, the city’s Special Enforcement Manager, said the city hasn’t received any more reports from residents after three coyotes were taken from Lake Heath in Windsor Park and two from Overlook Drive area in December. Residents also complained of coyotes in Brookstone and Green Island Hills.
“We feel rather confident that they shouldn’t have any problems,” Short said Friday of the roaming coyotes. “Of course, we can never predict but if they happen to see one, they need to notify us.”
Before Jarrod’s Pest Control was hired to trap the coyotes, residents said the animals were spotted roaming down Canterbury Drive in Windsor Park and prowling along backyard fences in Overlook on the same street where Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson lives.
“We had the contractor to go out there, and he was very successful,” Short said.
A Windsor Park resident agrees with part of the city’s assessment. “I have not actually seen any lately, but we have seen some very large animal footprints in our fenced yard which cause concern,” she said. “ Maybe the situation is not as under control as they think!”
The news is not as positive for residents who are dealing with a wild hog invasion in Columbia Heights off of Steam Mill Road. The feral hogs appeared a month ago in the neighborhood. It’s been more than four years since the city dispatched a trapper to take care of wild hogs along Macon and Chattsworth Road.
“They haven’t caught anything yet,” Short said of the hog trapper. “They are a little bit different. They move in packs and normally in those packs you have seven to 10 adults and young hogs.”
Jager Pro is the contractor selected to contend with the hogs. Trapping operations for coyotes and hogs are not the same. Coyotes may be trapped individually, but hogs must be trapped seven to 10 at a time.
The company has two active trapping locations in operation. Short wouldn’t disclose the location of the operations, because people shouldn’t enter the area.
With the size of packs, it takes large traps to hold the hogs. The trapping equipment is watched along with the infrared cameras and other material.
“Part of Columbus is near Fort Benning,” she said. “You have quite a bit of activity from hogs. They are working on cutting down the activity. I don’t think we will ever get rid of it.”
Residents should contact the city as soon as activity from hogs is noticed in an area. “The sooner we can get out there, the better,” she said. “They want to see active tracks. They are tracking them. It may be a totally separate group.”
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