A Cherokee County couple is mourning the loss of a beloved pet. Animal control officers believe at least two coyotes attacked and ate the couple's pet pygmy goat.
Last Thursday, Gordon Clement and his wife found, Charro, the pet goat they've had for 12 years, partially eaten by coyotes.
"She came running in the house, and came up to me and said,'Charro is dead'" And I said, 'What do you mean she's dead?' 'She's dead and she's bleeding.' Coyotes had killed her," said Clement.
Clement says the coyotes jumped the five-foot fence he put up to protect the goats.
"We've never had any problems before. But now they're overrun. Those coyotes are overrun in the county," Clement said.
The Clements have been so devastated by the loss of Charro that they're keeping their one remaining goat, Chivo, locked in this barn to protect her from the coyotes.
Chivo was spared the coyote attack because she was injured and her vet said she should be isolated and kept in the barn.
But even inside this secured building, with a metal container blocking the door, Clement worries about her safety.
"They can dig under the wall and come up inside the barn. They've been known to do that," said Clement.
He hopes his loss will spur someone to do something to control the coyote population.
"Some effort should be made or could be made to reduce the population of coyotes because they're all predators - all of them," Clement said.
Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources do not track the number of coyote sightings in the state, but say they believe they get more calls about coyotes than any other species.