Are more aggressive coyotes moving into residential areas in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and Ohio? Or are more land-hungry developers moving into wilderness areas?

Photo courtesy National Park Service.

California 12/30/10 – A resident of Encinitas claims the neighborhood is being overrun by coyotes and asks what can be done.  Carrie Wilson of the California Department of Fish & Game responds.

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Colorado 01/12/11 – The city of Boulder is warning residents that there have been reports of coyotes attacking dogs in the last two months.  Colorado Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said coyotes have snatched many pets in the Denver metro area over the last few years.

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Florida 01/12/11 – Residents in Palm Valley say coyotes are killing their pets.  Erin Sehl who has lived on South Wilderness Trail for ten years has seen four coyotes at a time prowling on her property.  Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said all 67 counties in Florida have reported complaints of coyotes, way up from 18 counties in 1981.

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Illinois 01/12/11 – The Grundy County Board has approved a Coyote Bounty

Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Ordinance that authorizes payment of $15 for the ears of any coyote killed within the boundaries of the county.  The bounty is being funded by outdoors organizations such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, National Whitetails, and the National Turkey Federation.  A study done regarding the coyote population in the Chicago area was referenced.

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Illinois 01/12/11 – Coyotes are invading the Chicago area.  Some say it’s because the goose and white-tailed deer populations are increasing and the young of both species are easy prey.  There have also been reports of coyotes following children to bus stops, and attacking pets on leashes right in front of their owners.

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Indiana 01/13/11 – In a residential development southwest of Fort Wayne

Coyote with rabbit. Photo courtesy National Park Service

known as Kekionga Shores, residents are finding unfamiliar “dog-like” animal tracks in the snow between their house and in their back yards.  They weren’t sure what was making the unusual paw prints until Christmas Eve, when Claire Ewart said she spotted two coyotes staring at her 4-month-old Brittany spaniel puppy “as though the poor thing had been deep-friend in chocolate sauce.”  Others have also reported sightings.

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Nevada 01/13/11 – Riverview Park officials are warning Carson City residents to watch their small dogs closely when using the park’s trails because of a coyote attack last week.  Park Planner Vern Krahn said, “It’s winter time, and they’re hungry.”  Krahn said the dog attacked on January 4 was a Jack Russell terrier; a feisty breed that can move quickly and is capable of defending itself in a fair fight.  But they’re much smaller than a coyote, and this Jack Russell was just lucky.

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Ohio 01/13/11 – Coyotes have been spotted in the Lincoln Hills area of Pomeroy.  Jim Hill, Wildlife Management Supervisor for District Four of Ohio’s Division of Wildlife said coyotes have been seen in downtown Cleveland and they can coexist with humans if conditions are ideal.  Attacks on pets are “infrequent”, Hill said, but they do happen and small pets shouldn’t be allowed to roam freely outdoors.  Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt said he hasn’t received any coyote complaints, but there have been numerous reports of raccoons in trash bins, and even a complaint about a black bear in the trash at McDonalds a few years ago.

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