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Berry College professor and Atlanta Coyote Project founder Chris Mowry also believes the challenge is not beneficial. “There are better ways to deal with it than try to kill your way out of a problem,” Mowry told Channel 2 Action News.
DNR deer biologist Charlie Killmaster, on the other hand, told Channel 2 that the contest is “mainly an educational campaign” and won’t largely impact the coyote population.
Coyote sightings in metro Atlanta are fairly common, and often cause a stir among residents who fear for the safety of their children or pets. Coyotes have been spotted in public places such as Piedmont Park and also in homeowners' backyards. Shortly before the 2017 hunting challenge began, a rabid coyote attacked a Roswell man on his morning run.
Participants may submit photos of up to 10 dead coyotes during three drawing periods. Coyotes must be captured in Georgia to be eligible; metadata will be analyzed to determine the date and location of the provided images.
The sponsor of the prize for the first drawing is Ace Hardware of Social Circle in Walton County. See more details about the contest here.
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