Mint Hill logs fewest numbers in recent weeks
by Kara Lopp
Are there any coyotes living in Mint Hill?
Chris Matthews, natural resources manager for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, thinks so. But of the more than 600 coyote sightings reported in Mecklenburg County in recent weeks, “very few” have come from Mint Hill, he said.
“You look at the map and there’s a big giant hole over Mint Hill,” Matthews said.
The county’s natural resources division recently created a website to get coyote information to the public, as well as collect sightings of coyotes into one place so officials can map the growing population. During a recent presentation to county commissioners, about 17 percent of the recently reported coyote sightings were made in southern Mecklenburg County. Those sightings were focused around Elizabeth Lane in Matthews and south Charlotte’s Providence Plantation and Hembstead neighborhoods and near Interstate 485 east of Providence Road.
Matthews said this week county staff have mapped about half of the sightings reported so far – which several weeks ago were coming in as fast as 50 to 60 a day. He plans to give an update on the situation March 12 during the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting. He’d also like to meet with Mint Hill town officials soon.
See a coyote?
To report a sighting, visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/StewardshipServices/NaturalResources/Pages/Coyote.aspx, and click “Report a Coyote Sighting.”