Trapper catches 45-pound coyote in Sandy Springs neighborhood

Trapper Tim Smith caught a 45-pound coyote Sunday morning near Winterthur Drive in Sandy Springs. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A local wildlife trapper caught his third coyote in two weeks Sunday morning in Sandy Springs.

The 45-pound, gray coyote got caught in a trap near tennis courts on Winterthur Drive, said Tim Smith of

He said a woman called him after losing pet cats, but homeowners associations have called, too.

“We’ve got serious coyote problems,” Smith said. “We get calls every day from people who have problems with missing d0gs and cats.”

Smith calls the Chattahoochee River a highway for coyotes. Since he started his Atlanta area business 14 years ago, he said he has seen dozens of wild coyotes.

Smith puts out traps he checks daily.

Euthanizing the wild animals is the only legal option, said Smith, who is licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“It’s against the law to relocate coyotes,” he said. “We do have to put them down; that’s the hardest part of this job.”

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