by David Miller
Please don't take this as a let's go hunting or sending the police department our way, but take it as celebrating the ecological diversity of life and work in this area of town bounded by a national and state "Scenic" river, and hundreds of acres of green space, including the Simpson Farm that is protected by a conservation covenant.
The unmistakable sound of coyote have been heard this past week in and around Kiwanis Park off Wall Street by several area residents. None have expressed alarm or concern about the guest animals.
Coyote do not pose a danger to humans, they are afraid of us. They sometimes prey on small pets, but generally are attracted in urban settings to garbage, pet food, and small mammals like mice and moles.
Q. - Are Coyotes Dangerous?
A. - From Critt'R Catch'R.com
Coyotes generally avoid contact with humans, therefore coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare. They are most interested in easy food sources and will generally limit their hunting to small mammals like mice and moles. However, as their presence increases in urban and suburban neighborhoods, their comfort level and interest in people and pets raises alarm.
Most of the coyote problems reported in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area involve the loss of small pets. Coyotes consider cats and small dogs easy prey and so are attracted to neighborhoods with a pet population. Rabies in coyotes is extremely rare in this region but vaccination of your pets is always a good idea.
Since coyotes have a natural fear of humans and will avoid them if
possible, always supervise pets and small children if a problem coyote
is known to be in the area. But keep in mind coyotes are wild and as such are not always predictable.
Remove food sources and if a coyote is sighted too close to your
property, shout, throw rocks etc., to let them know that they are not
welcome. Never allow a coyote to become comfortable around you, your
family or property.
If scare tactics and removal of food sources and shelter do not cause the coyote to relocate, call an animal control expert to track, trap and remove the problem coyote.
Read on about reccommendations for dealing with coyote in residential areas from Critt'R Catch'R.com.
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
>> What to do when a coyote is in your backyard