“It’s highly likely that coyotes could have taken (the pets), but it’s equally as likely for them to have been hit by a car,” Charlie Killmaster, a DNR wildlife biologist, told Channel 2. “It’s not uncommon that (coyotes) take some pets like that.”
Killmaster added that coyote attacks on people are extremely rare. He also said there is no closed season for coyotes, and can be hunted throughout the year.
If Waters saw a coyote attacking her dog, her first instinct would be to shoot it, she said.
But local ordinances may prohibit the discharge of firearms in many north Fulton cities. Shooting a coyote if it is attacking a person is legal, but shooting one for attacking a pet might not be.
DNR suggests that homeowners contact their municipality to determine whether they can legally shoot a coyote in their neighborhood.
A local family with their kids watched as a coyote killed and ate a small deer in their backyard in Mableton.