One of two coyotes recently captured during an operation underway near Pinon Elementary School. Photo by DeWayne Williams
Wild Animal Control Los Alamos owner DeWayne Williams, left, oversees his assistants using five-foot catch poles to move a coyote from a snare trap to a transport cage Dec 28. Photo by DeWayne Williams
One of two coyotes captured during an operation underway near Pinon Elementary School is placed in a transport cage Dec. 28. Photo by DeWayne Williams
Two coyotes have been snared and transported away from the area near Pinon Elementary School where a capture operation has been underway during winter break.
“We’re still looking for the coyote seen often in the area walking with a limp,” John Wolfe of Los Alamos Public Schools told the Los Alamos Daily Post during an interview late this morning. “DeWayne Williams of Wild Animal Control Los Alamos has been going a great job. We hired him out of a safety concern for our students and staff. We hope the coyote with the limp is captured before school starts back next week, but if not, DeWayne will conduct his operation at night when students aren’t in the area.”
Williams explained that he placed a collar snare trap in the woods behind the school. The trap is designed to go over the coyote’s head and on to the neck without choking the animal. The collar is tethered to a stake similar to a dog on a leash tethered to a stake. He decided to use the snare trap because the coyote catch rate is quite high with that type of trap and very low with a cage trap.
“The trap 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. “My two assistants and I used five-foot snare poles to move the coyotes into transfer cages placed in the back of my truck for transport away from the area.”
As reported earlier. 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, causing the campus to go into Shelter-In-Place mode several times because of their presence on the playground.
Williams asks the public to stay away from the area of the snare trap, which is marked with caution tape and signs. He is surveiling the area at regular intervals but said that anyone who sees a coyote in the snare trap should call him immediately at 505.412.5181.
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. For more information, call 505.412.5181.