Coyotes prowl Cincinnati suburbs; pet owners warned

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Wildlife agencies are telling residents in the Cincinnati suburbs to take steps to keep their dogs and cats safe from coyotes.
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Bodie

Grove City, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
We got'em in Grovetucky. They are not afraid of anything and have no natural predators. State should have a hunting saeson for them
JJJ

Columbus, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 

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There is no closed season for coyotes in the state of Ohio (means you can hunt them all year), just need to follow local ordinances. For more info go to the ODNR website.
Angry Young American

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Coyotes are dogs, kind of. Maybe what's his name that shot his dogs can perform his community service by shooting coyotes.
Picktown

Lewis Center, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
Coyotes are in every county of Ohio. I see them on occasion around here, and probably once a week can hear them out my back door.
DUH

Columbus, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
Angry Young American wrote:
Coyotes are dogs, kind of. Maybe what's his name that shot his dogs can perform his community service by shooting coyotes.
Or the old lady who killed the deer with her broom.
Jason Thomas

Marysville, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
I can see them taking about cats, but I wonder what size dog has anything to fear from a coyote? Can they take out a golden retriever, black lab, or german shepherd?
awsm

Columbus, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
A coyote can take down an animal more or less 30lb; a pack of coyotes can take down a large animal like a deer. I figure toy-size dogs are fodder for the beast...so they are useful for one thing.
CarGuyBri

Dayton, OH

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Jul 23, 2009
 
See! Even coyotes have enough sense NOT to run out into traffic.
claw71

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Coyotes are impressive. They are reviled in nearly every state and somehow manage to thrive in all but one. Ok, as of a couple of years ago Delaware claimed they had no coyotes but we know that's not true.

People need to be sensible. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and scavengers. They don't often hunt in packs so larger pets are generally safe. Coyotes tend to be very skittish and won't pick a fight they can't win. So your chocolate lab is OK. Your Jack Russel terrier not so much, although a fiesty little dog can often scare a much larger coyote off. If you let your cats outside regularly they might be smart enough to elude a hungry coyote.

The best thing you can do is seal up your garbage and hide any sources of food. That includes keeping track of your smaller pets. Coyotes aren't going to come around unless there's something worthwhile. Be smart and the coyotes will leave you alone.
boo7830

Florence, KY

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Jul 27, 2009
 
We had one in Colerain Township a couple of weeks ago.
hog head

Morehead, KY

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Jul 28, 2009
 
claw71 wrote:
Coyotes are impressive. They are reviled in nearly every state and somehow manage to thrive in all but one. Ok, as of a couple of years ago Delaware claimed they had no coyotes but we know that's not true.
People need to be sensible. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and scavengers. They don't often hunt in packs so larger pets are generally safe. Coyotes tend to be very skittish and won't pick a fight they can't win. So your chocolate lab is OK. Your Jack Russel terrier not so much, although a fiesty little dog can often scare a much larger coyote off. If you let your cats outside regularly they might be smart enough to elude a hungry coyote.
The best thing you can do is seal up your garbage and hide any sources of food. That includes keeping track of your smaller pets. Coyotes aren't going to come around unless there's something worthwhile. Be smart and the coyotes will leave you alone.
I have read all the comments. I live in Bracken County Ky on A 1100 acre farm. Coyotes will travel in "packs" because I have seen it with my own eyes while checking on my cattle. I have a large German Sheperd and he saw a coyote so he went to investigate. When he reached the lone Coyote there were Seven coyotes that were hiding that jumped him. He did manage to get away. Coyotes will kill cats or any dog in the spring especially to feed their young pups. Coyotes are wild animals who do not fear man nor do they have ANY natural predators. But they are to be feared and not trusted. They WILL kill your dogs or cats if they have the chance. Don't feed your animals outside at nite. Feed them in the morning. Keep a light on your dog if he is tied outside after dark. And NEVER approach a coyote, after all it is a wild animal.
tattoogirl

New Richmond, OH

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Aug 14, 2009
 
I can imagine what a coyote can do to dog...I had a raccoon kill my terrier years ago right here in the middle of Cincinnati..not suburban area. And I agree to leaving the food out for outside pets, that's what I did when my dog was killed and I wondered how a 10 lb terrier could eat so MUCH every night!! So yeah they will smell ANY food , garbage, etc. Like a possum or other animals, I call them God's clean-up crew..lol! Coyotes are cool animals, but yeah they are wild so gotta be careful. I'm an animal lover and have a cute little Maltese, but I never leave him out alone.
anomyus

Middletown, OH

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Nov 8, 2009
 
we found a coyote looking at our house right behind our house the golf coarse we r not letting our pets out anymore unattended because of devilish coyote
Delhi girl

Cincinnati, OH

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Oct 27, 2010
 
2 nights in one week I heard coyotes from my backyard. I live in Delhi and have never heard this before. One night I could only hear one howling very loudly, but the other sounded like 20 plus pack attacking a dog. It was very violent sounding and scared the life out of me. Sounded like it was coming from an area right around Delhi Swim club. Neighbors beware. I stopped letting my cats out at night because I now fear for their safety. I would advise others to do the same if you are in Delhi.
ABC

Reynoldsburg, OH

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Oct 27, 2010
 
Delhi girl wrote:
2 nights in one week I heard coyotes from my backyard. I live in Delhi and have never heard this before. One night I could only hear one howling very loudly, but the other sounded like 20 plus pack attacking a dog. It was very violent sounding and scared the life out of me. Sounded like it was coming from an area right around Delhi Swim club. Neighbors beware. I stopped letting my cats out at night because I now fear for their safety. I would advise others to do the same if you are in Delhi.
You and every other cat owner shouldn't let your cats out at all.
Roaming and feral cats kill hundreds of thousands of gamebirds and songbirds every year.
Birds they should kill,like grackles and starlings,are too tough for them.
Michele in CLifton

Cincinnati, OH

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Nov 28, 2010
 
I have had two neighbors lose cats this year in our gaslight neighborhood from coyotes. But what alarms me is that, forthe past two nights, their howling and "barking" have woken me out of a dead sleep. I have a 25 pound chow who loves to go into our woods at after dark while we put the kids to bed...jeez!
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Cincinnati, OH

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Nov 29, 2010
 
boo7830 wrote:
We had one in Colerain Township a couple of weeks ago.
I had one in my back yard last night. It was black and a little bit bigger than my pitbull. It was not scared of me. and i ws really close to my house. I live in Colerain Township off of Dryridge rd. BE VERY CAREFUL!!!
Appalachia

Cincinnati, OH

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Dec 14, 2010
 
Actually Coyotes do have a natural predator. It the wolf. But that probably won't do us much good.:)

Coyotes are very smart. They will use one dog to lure another animal over to the pack for the kill. Accessible food is what drives them. 99% They will be content on small game or even our trash. But if they are starving then anything with flesh becomes a possiblity.
JJV

Cincinnati, OH

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Jan 3, 2011
 
My 6 pound dog was taken by a wild animal belived to be a coyote last night in green township/ Bridgetown. Something needs to be done about this. I had no idea it was a problem until now. I was outside with her screaming when it happened, and it had no effect on the attack. I can't believe this happened. Everyone beware of these wild animals!!! No small pets are safe!
Not Good

Columbus, OH

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Jan 3, 2011
 
The pack mentality may be showing up from a fun piece of evolution that is occurring right now. Coyotes and wolves across the Northeast have interbred. The hybrid results in something a bit more dangerous than just a coyote. From other articles I have seen, this results in a more aggressive and clever animal. Couple of quick links if anyone is interested.

http://news.discovery.com/animals/coyote-wolf...

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http://www.thestar.com/article/681632

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