During the summer, some local residents talked with the Bulletin about coyote-sightings in the city.
Debby Haynes, who lives in Villa Heights, said she saw a coyote, “and I am missing some cats and kittens, too.”
City Council member Danny Turner shared a picture of one he saw at Beaver Hills golf course.
Rhonda Mills, who lives near J. Frank Wilson Park, said she has heard one howling in the park, and Susan Fleenor said she has “seen them at the city park in broad daylight.”
Lynn Pritchett said a family of coyotes has been spotted between Bondurant Street and Booker Road, just a few blocks away from Mills’ house.
Pritchett lives near Mills’ house, “within sight of the Silverbell Trail, the J. Frank Wilson Park and the YMCA,” and said she has seen coyotes in her back yard.
“I hear them every evening,” Joseph Prater said.
Michael Myers, who grew up in Martinsville, in 2016 published the book “Protect Your Cat from Coyotes.” The book gives a thorough explanation of the life cycles and habits of coyotes as well as modern technological devices that can help you keep track of your cat, such as locators on collars. He uses a few devices which allow his cats to roam outdoors safely in an area where there are plenty of coyotes.