METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish residents were hoping to get answers Tuesday about how to deal with a growing coyote problem.
A number of residents in the parish say they've lost pets in recent months to coyotes. Emily Clouatre found her rabbit gruesomely killed in its cage about three months ago.
"Our vet said it had to be a coyote who put its paw in there, managed to get Sweet Pea's head through this little opening, ate all the flesh on the head and couldn't get any more of her body out," Clouatre said.
That's when she found out Sweet Pea was likely killed by a coyote.
"I took the body and head to the vet, and he said a coyote would be the only thing that had the strength to do that," Clouatre said.
Liz Schneider owns a pet care company, and says she started noticing the coyote problem about six months ago.
"Myself and my girls, we do pet-sitting in Old Metairie, and in our walking dogs, we've noticed dead carcasses, or carcasses of pets of heads and legs and stuff," Schneider said.
After posting it on social media, Schneider says residents started sharing videos of coyotes roaming neighborhoods.
"Just really gross, really scary, gross video, and so with people checking their surveillance cameras, this has really come to lights," Schneider said.
Some residents suggest removing or killing the predators, but that may exacerbate the problem.
"The answer is to remove the food source, and that is make sure your garbage is completely contained, and there's not food outside, and your pets are inside," Schneider said.
There are hazing tactics people can do to scare off coyotes by making loud noises. Animal control said killing coyotes is against policy, presents a danger to the public and is not an effective technique in moving a coyote pack out or diminishing the pack.
"In order for us to completely eradicate coyotes, we would need to take out 80 percent of the coyotes for the next 15 years and that would get rid of the coyotes," said Robin Beaulieu-Lee with animal control.