Coyotes range in size from 20-40 pounds. They will have erect, pointed ears, a slender muzzle and a dropping bushy tail. Coyotes are predominately brownish-grey in color with red behind the ears and on the face and the belly is light grey to cream-colored. However, color can vary among individuals from grey to black. The coyote's eyes will be a vivid yellow with large pupils, unlike a dog's eyes which are brown or blue.
Coyotes fall under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. NC Wildlife will not typically respond to a coyote sighting because they are indigenous to this area and it is not uncommon to see them. However, if you have questions or concerns, you may contact them at 919-707-0030.
Animal Care and Control will respond if you physically come into contact with any wild animal or if your domestic animal fights with or is wounded by any wild animal. A report will be filed but that does not mean the animal will be caught or trapped especially if it is no longer in the area. To file a report please call 311.
If you are having a nuisance wildlife problem you can contact one of the many animal removal companies listed in the phone book.Links of Interest:NC Wildlife - Coexisting with Coyotes
For trapping information and trappers for hire, visit NC Wildlife - Trapping Mecklenburg County Park and Rec on Coyotes