WOODLAWN, OH (FOX19) - Woodlawn Police Department is warning its residents of recent coyote sightings in the village.
Officials say spotting coyotes are not uncommon in the area due to the dense woods in the region. They do not tend to be aggressive towards humans but they prey on small animals, especially at night.
Woodlawn Police advise to keep a close eye on pet cats and dogs.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife gives five tips if you spot a coyote:
- Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties in both rural and urban settings. (There are no wild wolves living in Ohio.)
- Identify that the canine is truly a coyote and not a stray dog. If you determine that the animal is a stray dog, contact the Woodlawn Police Division.
- If you do have a coyote on or near your property, remove all “attractants” to help deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and mice. SMALL PETS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN. KEEP SMALL DOGS AND CATS INSIDE, OR STAY WITH THEM AT NIGHT WHEN COYOTES ARE MOST ACTIVE.
- Coyotes are curious, but generally fearful of humans. Clap your hands and shout to scare off coyotes that are investigating your yard.
- If the coyote visiting your yard seems to lack a fear of humans or is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. You can locate a trapper near you by calling the Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). (Because Woodlawn is not considered a rural area, coyotes cannot be controlled through hunting or other trapping methods.)