Reported by Josh DeVine
Visitors to the Battle of Franklin Park have been complaining about four coyotes in the area for the past few weeks. The coyotes haven't attacked, but the city said it isn't willing to take any chances.
"The higher you go on the food chain, the smarter the animal gets," said Kevin Lindsey of Franklin Parks.
Parks officials are now trying to nab the animals by using large cages and live chickens. The city paid a local company several hundred dollars to build the trap, which is checked daily.
By the trap's design, the coyotes can't hurt the chickens inside the trap. If it doesn't work within the next few weeks, the city will try other animals to lure the coyotes.
Though signs warn that walkers should stay away from the traps, they haven't. That could be part of the reason the plan hasn't worked so far, Lindsey said.
"So we would ask, if you're out in this area walking, please do not go close to the trap," he said. "It's not that it's a safety issue, but we're trying to do the job of the trap."
Once the city captures the coyotes, it'll move them to a new, more rural location.
"We don't want (park-goers) to be in distress," Lindsey said. "We don't want them to feel like they're threatened by any wild animals."
Wildlife officials told The Tennessean newspaper that the May flood may be responsible for the increase in coyote sightings in urban areas.
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