Saturday, February 21, 2004

Cops want to trap coyote, if permitted

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON TWP. - A coyote may still be out there, says Janet Youngman, 71, a resident of the Village on the Green subdivision. She said she's concerned for her safety after she was aggressively approached twice by a coyote outside her home.

She has seen the animal five times, she said, although there have been no sightings for the last eight weeks. Youngman has taken her concerns to township trustees. Several other Greater Cincinnati suburban communities have had coyote problems in recent months, including Blue Ash and Fairfield.

Police Chief Gene Duvelius said he is waiting for the homeowners association to decide whether it is willing to waive its no-trapping policy.

In the meantime, officers are trying to locate the animal through increased patrols.

Youngman, who walks with a cane, is afraid to take her two Scottish terriers, Angus and Blue, outside for walks.

Duvelius said at least one other resident has seen the coyote.

Dan Frevert, wildlife management supervisor with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources District 5 office, said coyotes are usually afraid of humans.

"For normal coyotes, the smell of humans is the smell of death," he said.

This advice from Frevert if you encounter a coyote or similar wild animal: don't feed the animal, don't turn your back, and don't run. He said if the animal is cornered, keep facing it and slowly back up.

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