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Durham family heartbroken after coyote kills dog

Posted April 5
Updated April 6

— A local family is heartbroken after a coyote took its beloved dog a week ago in a Durham neighborhood.

"It's like a child being ripped out from under you," said Lamar Rowland. "Because (our dogs) were so attached to the family. And not being able to help. It was late at night. Going out trying to search was like a needle in a haystack."

The family now looks towards the woods near the Auburn Woods neighborhood every day and thinks about their beloved maltese, Lily.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said small pets can be taken by coyotes, but it is extremely rare.

To prevent that from happening, they recommend supervising pets closely and keeping them on a leash.

People who do see coyotes frequently may want to look into hiring someone to set up traps.

"It's been painful experiencing it," Rowland said. "It's hard to believe. That in this day and time, we can't find a way of controlling this wildlife."


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  • Brian VanVliet Apr 6, 10:31 p.m.
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    With all due respect. You are incorrect.


    Coyotes can be hunted in 95 of the 100 NC counties (day or night), EXCEPT those counties where the red wolf/coyote hybrid supposedly exist.
    So While I can hunt yotes at night (the absolute best time to do so) in 95 counties in NC, I can NOT hunt them at night in the one location where they are most proliferated. Why? Because they are protected.

  • Nichole Faulkner Apr 6, 10:50 a.m.
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    Henry Cooper, the 2nd link you listed below stated the following in the article about Coyotes being brought into NC illegally...

    State biologist Joe Folta says the reasons for the increased sightings have to do with natural territory expansion and the animals being brought illegally from other states to be released.

  • Henry Cooper Apr 6, 8:31 a.m.
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    No one introduced Coyotes to NC for any reason anywhere. It was merely expansion and adaptation. NC Wildlife has an entire online learning library about wildlife in NC.



  • Rachel Parrish Apr 6, 7:52 a.m.
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    This story breaks my heart. I'm so sad for the family.

  • William Price Apr 6, 6:07 a.m.
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    no where in NC are they protected. wildlife commissions are asking people to kill them... they even have month long tournaments for them.....they should have never been introduced into this part of the country where they are not native

  • William Price Apr 6, 6:05 a.m.
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    its not true what youre saying either. they were introduced first in the outer banks wild life refuges to control deer population because no hunting and they spread from there. they were never introduced at RDU they have just spread rapidly because of their reproductive rates

  • William Price Apr 6, 6:03 a.m.
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    so wrong ed ray. coyotes are not native to NC they were introduced by wildlife commissions and now they have an epidemic on their hands. it has nothing to do with land or animals being taken away.....if they were not introduced into nc to "control deer population" there would be no issues at all but at the alarming rate these things reproduce it caused a problem...... we were the problem in this case but not anywhere in comparison to what you are jabbering about

  • Ed Ray Apr 6, 5:14 a.m.
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    Everyone complaining should know that we are the problem. We keep taking more and more land from wildlife, and then get mad because they hunt in our neighborhoods. Stop taking all the land from wildlife. Where are they suppose to go when humans move in and cut out all the forests that these and all animals live in. It is not the coyote's fault that it is doing what it has to do to live because some human took his home. Stop building and they will not come. They severe a purpose and we keep taking more and more.

  • Haley Sessoms Apr 5, 9:22 p.m.
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    Just for you all to know. Back in the 90's and early 2000's the deer were so bad at RDU airport that they allowed hunting by permit only with archery equipment if I remember correctly. Deer were on the runway and multiplying and causing a hazard to travelers using the airport. Well the state decided to release coyotes out there to control the deer population. Now the coyote population in the city limits is worst than ever. People have blamed it on fox hunters bringing them to put in pens but that's not true

  • John Birch Apr 5, 8:51 p.m.
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    Supervise your pets... end of story.