Coyote Watch & Saving Manatees

Sachin Ghatwal

Coyote sightings have been a problem for the past few years in Mobile. They’re not exactly the friendliest animals around. 

Almost 550 people are part of a Nextdoor app community called “Coyote Watch.” 

Over 115 sightings have been reported to this social media group, with the vast majority occurring in the Spring Valley and Springhill neighborhoods. There have been reports of sightings throughout the day. 

Most coyote packs, according to the group, are thought to reside in woodland areas that are owned by the city. 

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In the current system, residents who have video evidence of violent coyotes are the only ones who can force the city to take action.

In order to trap all coyotes, not just the hostile ones, the group is requesting that the City of Mobile alter its ordinance on the matter. 

It stands to reason that the longer the City waits to take action, the more money it will have to spend eventually. 

The fact that there have already been attacks is not even the main source of concern here. It’s the fact that the likelihood of a coyote attack on people and pets is going up dramatically. 

“Coyote Watch” is prepared to turn this into an election issue if the City turns a blind eye to this issue. Yikes. 

Love For Our Troops 

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The holiday season is fast approaching. One group of Mobile residents has taken it upon themselves to make sure that the troops serving abroad aren’t overlooked. 

The west Mobile cardiology office’s reception area was filled with the crinkling sound of cellophane and excited chatter. 

Dixie Rear Detachment volunteers were in charge of packing treat-filled stockings. These stockings were then boxed up for a lengthy journey.

Volunteers want the public to remember that hundreds of American soldiers are still engaged in missions across the world, even if they aren’t receiving as much attention in the media as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These holiday care packages are to be sent to areas like Kosovo and Syria. Hopefully, this will give the troops some of the warm fuzzies they’ll be missing this Christmas. 

Alabama Inclusion Project 

Alabama inclusion project

Efforts are being coordinated to improve services for the LGBTQ+ community in our area. Initiatives like these are a good indication that we’re developing as a progressive state. 

The Alabama Inclusion Project will host a feedback session in anticipation of the 2023 survey’s release.

This is going to be the first comprehensive research of LGBTQ+ needs in Southwest Alabama, with 29 local groups and businesses participating. 

The objective is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the health and social service requirements of the LGBTQ+ population living in the area.

All of the information they collect will be national data. No prior data collection efforts have ever been made in Southwest Alabama. This has been long overdue. 

Local LGBTQ+ individuals will be asked about their health and prejudice experiences. 

They will also be asked if they’ve ever had to deal with any kind of social or economic difficulties, like being homeless, primarily due to the fact that they’re of a certain gender or sexuality.

The initiative will aid the partnering groups and businesses in realigning their priorities, resources, and funding for members once all data is collected.

It’s nice to know that an effort is being made to make everyone feel included and valued as members of the community at large. 

Save The Manatees 

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On Tuesday, November 1, sightings of a deceased manatee were submitted to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network (DISL/MSN) from Orange Beach. 

Finding symptoms of severe injuries indicative of a massive blow, the team concluded that the animal had been struck by a boat.

The DISL/MSN was notified of the manatee’s death by a local resident of the southern shore of Bear Point. This region always tends to have a great deal of boat traffic.

The manatee was recovered with the assistance of the local police and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Then it was later sent to the DISL Marine Mammal Research Center for an autopsy.

Propeller trauma was compatible with the animal’s multiple severe incisions on its back.

DISL/MSN advises boaters to have a designated spotter on their vessels to avoid colliding with manatees. Wearing polarized sunglasses will help too. 

This isn’t good news, but it helps to spread the word about these incidents. We can’t lose any more of these beautiful creatures because of negligence. 

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