Coyote spotted limping along Grand Canyon near Paige Loop last month. Photo by DeWayne Williams
Owner DeWayne Williams of Wild Animal Control Los Alamos has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to trap and remove one or more coyotes spotted lurking around Pinon Elementary School in White Rock.
“I’m going to place a collar snare trap in the woods behind the school next week while students are on winter break,” Williams told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “The collar is designed to go over the head and on to the neck without choking the coyote. The collar is tethered to a stake similar to a dog on a leash tethered to a stake.”
Williams explained that he decided to use the snare trap for this operation because the coyote catch rate is quite high with the snare trap and very low with a cage trap. Once the coyote is snared in the collar, Williams and two assistants with five-foot-long snare poles will move the coyote into a transfer cage placed in the back of a truck to transport it from the area.
“Our number one concern is for the safety of children, adults and pets in the area,” Williams said. “We urge everyone to stay away from the area of the snare trap, which will be marked with caution tape and signs. We will be surveiling the area at regular intervals but ask anyone who sees a coyote in the snare trap to call us immediately so we can begin the removal phase of the operation. Our telephone number is on the signs.”
Community Representative Tom Hill of the Pinon Advisory Team wrote a letter to the editor recently published in the Los Alamos Daily Post stating that the coyote with the limp and a more able bodied companion had been a nuisance at the school and several times the campus has been placed in the Shelter-In-Place mode because of their presence on the playground.
Williams retired earlier this year from 24 years in law enforcement and launched his animal control business. He normally captures what he describes as nuisance animals such as raccoons, skunks, gophers and squirrels.
“These coyotes pose a real threat to the children at the school and hikers and pets in the area. That part of me that made me want to protect people for 24 years makes me want to do something about this hazardous situation before someone gets hurt,” he said. “I can’t stress enough – do not approach the coyote if it’s snared in the trap – call the number on the sign immediately: 505.412.5181.”