Caught On Camera: Coyote attacks, kills deer in front yard of Vestavia Hills home
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. —
A Vestavia Hills man hopes what happened in his front yard can spark change. His home surveillance cameras captured a violent attack.
"I'm sure it happens every day out in the woods, you just don't think it's going to happen in your driveway," said Todd Strong.
Strong says it was this picture of a bunch of buzzards in his front yard that sparked a lot of questions.
"I ran out here to look and it was a deer, a dead deer laying in the front yard," said Strong.
He assumed the deer got hit by a car.
"I dragged it out to the street. We called the city to come pick it up the next day," said Strong.
But curiosity got the best of him. So, he decided to look at his surveillance video to see what led up to this moment.
"I'm just watching and for about 15 minutes I could see the reflected eyes in the yard running around, but you couldn't really tell what it was," said Strong.
Then the deer came into the camera view, attempting to fight off a coyote.
"One of my kids came downstairs and my wife and we couldn't believe it," said Strong.
Coyotes in Vestavia aren't unheard of. In fact, the city put out traps in the past to try to combat the problem. Strong says he hopes his video push some type of action to solve this .
"People need to see what's going on. You may hear them at night, but these are pretty violent animals and I'm worried about people pets, or when you go out walking at night you just need to be aware," said Strong.
We reached out to the city. They are aware of this issue and plan to meet Tuesday to come up with a plan.
For now, they advise people to work on making their home unattractive to predators. Some easy ways to do that include,
- Keeping the lids on trash cans.
- Don't leave your pets unattended.
- And if you do encounter a coyote, be sure to make a loud noise like yell or clap your hands.
For more information, visit the City of Vestavia Hills.