West Lake Hills considers hiring trapper for coyotes in the area

A trapper could be coming to West Lake Hills to catch and kill coyotes believed to be inside the city limits.

On April 11, West Lake Hills City Council unanimously passed a motion authorizing the city to potentially hire a trapper for the coyotes suspected to be in the Rocky River Road and Reveille Road area. A trapper is a specialist who sets and maintains traps that catch wildlife.

West Lake Hills resident Wesley Hook said he has had three coyote-related incidents near his house on Rocky River Road since March. He heard coyotes surround and kill an animal next to his house and saw a coyote run along a creek near his house, he said.

"I would ask that council take action on this, whatever options we have available to us," he said.

A trapper would cost about $4,000 a month, City Administrator Robert Wood said. A trapper would likely need about two to three weeks to try to catch the coyotes, he said.

Wood added that there is no guarantee that a trapper would successfully trap all the coyotes in the area, but council members said hiring a trapper was the only realistic option for dealing with the coyotes.

West Lake Hills City Council approves permits for Lupe Tortilla

West Lake Hills will soon be getting a new Tex-Mex restaurant.

On April 25, West Lake Hills City Council approved the permits for Lupe Tortilla to work at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. K, in the space previously occupied by Macaroni Grill. The Houston-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain will appear before council in late May to get permits to sell alcohol and for its sign, said Robert Wood, West Lake Hills city administrator.

Wood said West Lake Hills residents from Houston have been particularly excited about Lupe Tortilla coming to town. The Lupe Tortilla in West Lake Hills will be the chain's 15th location.

Wood said he did not know a projected opening date for the restaurant. In February, restaurant officials said they were shooting to open in early summer.

For more information, visit www.lupetortilla.com.