Basic Steps to Deter Coyotes
First and foremost it is important to understand that human behavior is the key to keeping pets and people safe when it comes to all wildlife. Often even those captivated by wildlife unknowingly cause harm. Standing and starring at any wild animal or leaving out of fear allows animals to think people are safe or that we’ll leave. On the contrary, animals should leave, moving in the opposite direction of a human. We are a predator and we want wildlife to remember this. Humans should never coax a wild animal closer with food or a soft voice. Potential for harm increases when humans try to interact with wildlife.
Hazing is a great way to safely remind coyotes that they should steer clear of humans. Throw rocks or items in the direction of the coyote, spray water from a garden hose, wave your arms, yell, and look as big as you can. Never leave before the coyote. Wait for it to leave first.
Coyotes are protective, instinctual, and opportunists. They will be attracted to residential yards if a food source is available. Birdbaths, feeders, outside pet bowls, trash, unpicked fruits, and vegetable can attract an assortment of unwanted wildlife. Keeping yards free of these items can be helpful in deterring coyotes.
Never let small pets outside unattended. Not only coyotes, but also large birds of prey, domestic dogs, and automobiles can all be hazardous to our pets. If you are walking your dog through an area where you suspect coyotes are present, carry pepper spray, vinegar in a spray bottle, or even a walking stick. Furthermore, never let a dog off leash in these areas. Studies have shown that dogs on a leash six feet or less in length are far less likely to be attacked due to their proximity to humans.
Lastly, keep yourself safe. Some people are fearful of wildlife and are uncomfortable with any interaction, including the before mentioned hazing techniques. Only do what is comfortable and teach children to do the same. Source
Be vigilant for the nuisance animal
A local Ohio woman says her small dog was attacked by two coyotes in her own backyard recently. A wildlife expert from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that coyotes in this area are not uncommon but an attack on pets is pretty rare. Coyotes are most active during dusk and dawn, but there are things that will help keep them away, such as not leaving pet food in your yard. Local officials have offered tips on what to do should you encounter a coyote.
There have also been several coyote sightings in other Ohio neighborhoods. Although, there have been no reported issues due to the animal. All 88 Ohio counties have coyotes and that includes every city, suburb and rural area. Coyotes pose a very small threat to humans, but there are things you can do to make them feel uncomfortable and not want to come back into your yard or street.
Coyotes attack small dog in Beavercreek
A woman said two coyotes went after her small dog in their yard in Beavercreek.
The Yorkshire terrier survived, but now Meeko is recovering from deep cuts and missing patches of fur after the incident.
“All we did was turn around for 60 seconds and the next thing we knew Meeko had just come sprinting up the back patio and slammed into the back door and was just crying,” her owner Meghan McKinney said. “She has two bite marks, one on the front half of her, one on the back half of her” in addition to a scratch on her back. Read more
Summary: A local woman in Beavercreek said two coyotes attacked her small dog recently. The dog was in her backyard when the coyotes approached it and started attacking.
Coyote spottings reported
There have been several coyote spottings in the Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff area recently.
There have been no reported issues with the coyote(s), and wildlife experts say this is normal.
“All 88 counties in Ohio have [coyotes], and pretty much every city, suburb, all those particular places have coyotes in them as well,” explained Franklin County State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger. Learn more
Summary: Coyotes have been spotted recently in a few Ohio neighborhoods. No reported issues have come from the animal but officials urge residents to be vigilant and protect their pets.