It’s routine for the City to get calls about problems with nuisance animals like feral cats, ground hogs, raccoons and skunks but at the end of 2014 we started getting an unusual number of calls reporting sightings of coyotes in town.
We knew there was a good probability that coyotes had called Kent home for a couple of decades but they are a notoriously elusive breed and they prefer to stay out of sight so we had very few actual coyote sightings.
Fast forward to Fall 2014 and we started to notice an uptick in the number of reported coyote calls, including reports of daytime sightings of coyotes up close and personal in residents’ backyards — and even on back-patios.
It was time to get educated on coyote behavior so that we could help answer resident questions and concerns. The internet is great for that sort of research and we quickly found our way to the Division of Wildlife in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
It turns out that coyote sightings in cities is one of the most frequently asked questions that ODNR receives so they had some great information to share. One of the ODNR staff came to the City Council this week and gave a good overview of how coyotes have adapted to city environments like Kent.
ODNR offered good advice on how to avoid human or pet problems with coyotes. The bottom line seemed to be that while it can be a bit alarming to see a coyote in neighborhoods there are some simple steps we can take to avoid any trouble for us or our pets.
Here’s some of the information that ODNR provided: