Oct 8, 2010 8:40 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Coyotes - and problems the cause are on the rise in Calcasieu Parish, prompting the police jury to check out ways to handle the situation.
Police jurors said on Thursday that increasingly residents are complaining of encounters with coyotes or "coydogs" half coyote, half dog.
For years, residents have complained of missing or mutilated pets. A Lake Charles man was bitten by a coyote recently when he tried to defend his small dog from the animal.
Parish Administrator Bryan Beam said parish officials met with state wildlife and city of Lake Charles personnel this week in an effort to share information and ideas on the growing coyote problem.
Among the ideas under consideration is hiring a full-time predator hunter to help decrease the coyote population .