(MURFREESBORO) It's just like the old Roy Rogers' movies, when the Sons of the Pioneers sang songs about coyotes. Those times are coming back to Murfreesboro with another sighting.
This one across town at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic on Garrison Drive (see photo above).
Wait, the weekend sighting was at the new Murfreesboro Police Department on North Highland. Wasn't that originally MMC?
Share Your Coyote Story
Actually, WGNS was getting coyote sighting in the 1980s from listeners around River Rock Boulevard.
The coyote population must be increasing. Share you coyote story with WGNS and include a photo if you have one. Send it to email@example.com.
And while you're putting together your "coyote sighting story", CLICK HERE and journey back to Roy Roger's 1948 flick "Under California Stars".
Stories from other listeners
We heard from a woman who was traveling along the Old Nashville Highway in mid-March when she saw a coyote near the Stones River National Battlefield.
Another woman reports that TWRA shows that coyote sighting in Middle Tennessee are up, mainly due to the continued growth of new neighborhoods pushing wildlife out of their natural habitat. In addition, the first quarter is coyote mating season. Since the gestation period is 59-63, day, we could see even larger numbers the middle of this month or in May.
A listener in Smith County suggested that TWRA might consider relocating them, since they're being pushed out of their habitat.
TWRA notes that Coyotes are very adaptable, secretive canines that occur in a diversity of habitats all across the state. They are dog-like in appearance and somewhat resemble a small German Shepherd.
And here in town, a WGNS reader notes, "Don't know if you want to publicize the hunting/harvesting aspect of it but a friend of mine is likely one of the most successful coyote hunters in the nation and he lives here. Last time I asked, he had harvested 383 since starting Jan. Of 2010. Mostly Rutherford county and some in Bedford, maybe others."
A man in the Salem Creek area says many evenings in his neighborhood are filled with coyote serenades. While a couple living off Riverview note that they have started to see both coyotes and foxes on a regular basis.
The wildlife agency warns Tennesseans to keep their small dogs and cats inside, and not to feed pets outdoors and leave the food there.
CLICK HERE for more TWRA information.
Obviously, the story of coyotes in Middle Tennessee has a great deal of interest. WGNS is going to put together a radio broadcast on this topic with the TWRA. It will need to wait until COVID-19 is behind us. That will get us some time to gather some information and set-up some informative guests.
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