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Posted on: December 27, 2018

Coyote Sightings Early This Season

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With the recent warmer-than-usual weather, coyote sightings in Hudson have started earlier this season. Coyotes have been in Hudson for many years and have rarely cause harm. They are more visible in the spring and fall and appear often around dawn and dusk. They are generally shy and cautious, posing little danger for humans. Coyotes are unlikely to attack humans unless provoked or while protecting their den or cubs. The potential for coyote attacks increases in the spring when adult coyotes are protecting their young.

The coyote is a doglike animal with a grayish brown coat with white fur around the neck area. It resembles a small German Shepherd. Their legs, head, and feet are reddish brown. Coyotes range from 1 ½ to 2-feet long and from 20 to 50 pounds on average. Coyotes are known for their “howl,” which is a distinctive sound.

They typically live in secluded burrows or dens. A coyote’s territory can be as much as 12 miles in diameter around the den. They do not run in packs, although they live with a family social unit that can include up to about six animals.

Coyotes are opportunistic eaters and eat meat and plants, as well as garbage. Their normal diet is mostly rodents, rabbits, and carrion/deer. They often prey on wounded or dying animals. The risk to small pets increases during the winter months, particularly in a bad winter where natural food sources are scarce.

If you encounter a coyote, do not run from or turn your back on the animal. They are usually frightened by aggressive gestures and loud noises. Here are some tips to discourage coyotes from hanging around your home.

  • Keep small dogs and cats inside or in a completely fenced in area, particularly at night when they are most active. Walk your dog on a leash and do not leave your dog unsupervised.
  • Discourage coyotes by removing all food sources that would attract the animal to your yard. Never leave pet food, water, food containers, or garbage outside, and clean up around backyard grills. Don’t put garbage out until the morning of your scheduled pickup.
  • Never feed or attempt to tame a coyote. These attempts only serve to make the coyote more used to humans and less fearful.
  • Keep bird feeders from overflowing and fence in vegetable gardens. Pick up fruit or berries that fall from trees in your yard.
  • Close off crawl spaces under porches, decks and sheds.
  • Install outdoor lighting triggered by motion detectors. Loud noises also scare away coyotes.
  • Clear bushes and dense weeds where coyotes may find cover or decide to create a den.
  • Trim and clear away ground level shrubbery or brush that provides cover for coyotes.
  • If you encounter a coyote, make noise, clap your hands, and shout. The coyote will likely move on when hearing loud noises.

If a coyote does not respond to harassment, such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after attractants are removed, contact a licensed nuisance trapper. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), there is no immediate need to report a coyote sighting to ODNR unless it appears hurt, sick, and fearless of humans.

If a coyote appears aggressive and continues to be a nuisance after removing “attractants” from your yard, call a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. For more information about trapping or to locate a trapper, call the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife District Three: 330-644-2293, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F. 

For more information and resources, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources webpage. The City also has resources and information on the City’s Coyote webpage.

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