CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Hills residents raised concerns at Monday's Charleston City Council meeting over a coyote problem. Several animals have been spotted throughout the area for more than a month, residents said.
Denise Skyles of Circle Road said she saw a coyote in her neighbor's driveway one morning last week.
"This is valid," Skyles said. "This is not just sightings here and there. ... Something's got to be done."
Martha Major, of Oakmont Road, said she also saw six coyotes through her kitchen window recently. Major also spoke on behalf of Circle Road resident Debbie Cobb, whose time to speak expired before she could finish.
Holding up an enlarged photo, Major said Cobb's cat was killed by coyotes recently. The photo was of its remains.
"DNR has said they never come that close to peoples' houses," Major said. "This [photo] was within a foot of her house."
Mayor Danny Jones said residents' concerns are "not falling on deaf ears," but that the city doesn't have the jurisdiction to solve the coyote problem.
"DNR has the jurisdiction. We don't," Jones said. "We are working with them to see if we can come up with any kind of solution."
Also Monday, council members approved the latest version of the Kanawha Trestle and Rail Trail project.
The first phase of the project includes bike lanes and a walkway along Kanawha Boulevard from Patrick Street to Magic Island.
The original trail system included a plan to repurpose the CSX trestle as a pedestrian greenway, which would connect the north and south sides of the Kanawha River. The city revised the plan after a feasibility study found the Kanawha Trestle's structural integrity to be poor and costly to repair.
City Manager David Molgaard told the city's finance committee, which meets prior to council, that there are a few differences between the old plan and the new.