A coyote was spotted by a parent at about 7:30 a.m. today limping around the grounds at Chamisa Elementary School on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy photo
The parent of a student at Chamisa Elementary School photographed a coyote limping around the school grounds on Meadow Lane in White Rock at 7:30 a.m. today. The parent expressed concern that the coyote might attack children at the school.
There have been a number of coyote sightings around the area this winter. Two coyotes were snared and transported away from Pinon Elementary School during a capture operation set up behind the school over winter break.
Los Alamos Public Schools hired owner DeWayne Williams of Wild Animal Control Los Alamos and his team out of a safety concern for students and staff at Pinon. A coyote with a limp was seen around Pinon School but was not one of those captured over winter break. Williams explained at the time that he placed a collar snare trap in the woods behind Pinon because the coyote catch rate is quite high with that type of trap and very low with a cage trap. The trap is designed to go over the coyote’s head and on to the neck without choking the animal.
The snare caught the first coyote in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 28 and the other one in the evening of Monday, Dec. 30, Williams said at the time. He and his assistants used five-foot snare poles to move the coyotes into transfer cages and transport them away from the area.
Community Representative Tom Hill of the Pinon Advisory Team wrote a letter to the editor published in the Los Alamos Daily Post in December stating that the coyote with the limp and a more able bodied companion had been a nuisance at the school, causing the campus to go into Shelter-In-Place mode several times because of their presence on the playground.
Editor’s note: The Los Alamos Daily Post has a call in to the schools for comment and will report back on the response.