Coyote Concerns: Residents Taking Action After More Sightings

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LYNDHURST, Ohio-- Coyote sightings are on the rise in Lyndhurst and the neighborhoods bordering the Metroparks Acacia Reservation.

Experts said the coyotes are producing puppies and defending their dens so they can be very aggressive.

"Actually last week we removed seven pups from a location so they are starting to have their offspring," said Scott Adams, co-owner of “ANS” animal control.

Adams said his company has received numerous calls from people who are scared and want the coyotes removed from their neighborhood.

"Caught one here in Lyndhurst. It was in a good area. We could do something. We took advantage of the situation to remove it,” said Adams.

Some residents walking their dogs along Meadow Wood Blvd. said they've heard about coyotes in the area so they are taking precautions to keep their animals safe.

"I wouldn't leave him in the backyard without watching him," said Jim Landis of “ANS” animal control.

At the Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation, they have signs that say this is a coyote habitat area and also gives you instructions on what to do if a coyote approaches you.

"I actually saw the signs in Acacia and they say don't turn your back if you do see one. Don't turn your back on them. Keep your eyes on them and slowly back away from them and you should be fine," said Landis.

Dr. Terry Robison is the Cleveland Metroparks director of natural resources.

He said right now coyotes are in their breeding season, so they are very protective of their puppies.

"They are like good parents and like any good parent they are taking care of their kids so this is the time of year when they will challenge people, especially when they are walking their dog. So we want to make people aware of that. It's a good time to educate people coyotes can be a little more aggressive in protecting their den, " said Dr. Robison.


  • george johnston

    Some skilled crossbowman could nail a coyote or two and not upset the neighbors. Pretend it’s 1951. Problem solved.

    • chazzz

      Why 1951? I did a lot of hunting in the late 40’s till today and never heard of coyotes in northern Ohio back then. Deer populations where not like today. I did see black bear along big creek and the Brightwood area, before the 44 freeway. The area was loaded with pheasent untill the late 70’s, what happened to them? Coyotes or fox?

    • george johnston

      Remember Jack Kevorkian? He set up a contraption to allow people to kill themselves and he ended up in prison. Abortion OK. Killing a coyote that eats your cat, no good. Unless it’s your cat…

  • stevie wonders

    If people would have their animals altered there would be no strays!!! I really don’t SEE the point to your comment Kevin B………

  • Fdjccm

    I saw one in my backyard several times. I called Lyndhurst Police Department and the dispatcher said that there are Coyote all over Lyndhurst and that they do not do anything about them unless they become a threat. I have a 5 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old, 1 year old and two very small dogs. We bought this homes with this beautiful backyard so that the kids had a great place to play. I hate complainers and do not want to be a pain in the butt to the officials in this new town of mine but I am a little disappointed that they would not do anything.

  • Lyndhurst resident

    These are 4 legged coyotes are not to be confused with the 2 legged coyotes that roam our bars.

  • Karen Robinson

    If you are aware coyotes are in your area then you know to be aware. NEVER leave your young children alone. That should be a given. Keep your dogs on a leash or in a fenced yard. Keep your trash covered and you should be alright. Coyotes are more scared of you than you are of them. If you are out walking have a whistle, or some wasp spray (cheaper than mace and shots further) . If a coyote does come at you either they are protecting their young or they are sick. Why is a humans first instinct to kill an animal? They have just as much right to be here as your dog does.

  • Theresa

    This has been an ongoing problem in Lyndhurst and it is getting very frustrating that the city will not come and trap the one I have that is constantly in my yard. Last summer while doing yard clean up it was about 5 feet away from me at 1:30 in the afternoon! It did not run away it was not afraid! These coyotes have become urbanized like the deer and come around at any time day or night and are not afraid of anything. I am though and have taken numerous precaution especially with my own dogs but I am still afraid. I have had coyotes sit in my front yard near my trees numerous times which makes me nervous when coming home from working a late shift and they don’t run off when I pull in my drive..they sit and watch. Something needs to be done about these animals!!!

  • Karen Robinson

    Something needs to be done to educate people . Yes something needs to be done. Stop encrouching on their habitate. Peoples knee jerk reaction to kill wild animals as a solution needs to STOP!. Carry mace, wasp spray to make yourself feel secure. Just because the coyote does not run from you means it is going to attack. Alot of animals freeze when confronted. Educate yourself.

  • Becky Pomponio

    Fox 8 and Lyndhurst officials: how about partnering on an education campaign for Lyndhurst residents? Coyotes pose very little threat to humans. Trappingand killing coyotes and their pups is a terrible approach in the long run. Killing random coyotes produces more coyotes not fewer.

    If coyotes are left alone, when their pups mature, the pups leave and seek out different territories. But when trappers remove a coyote family, transient coyotes move in, there is rampant breeding, and you end up with MORE coyotes.

    Coyotes DO HELP the ecosystem, eating lots of rodents, insects and carrion. They also prey on skunks, opossums and raccoons which kill a lot of birds. Farmers can use nonlethal methods to prevent predation.

    Residents can discourage coyotes from coming too close by not leaving open trash or pet food outside, not feeding wildlife and supervising small pets. When you let your dog out at night, clap your hands and walk out with it. Don’t let your cats wander. They’re more likely to be hit by a car or poisoned, but you don’t want a wildlife attack.

    Check for more good guidance.

    • george johnston

      Becky, you are living in a fantasy world. If Coyotes are left alone, this or that will happen? First off, Coyotes rarely eat carrion. They prefer live meat. As for “partnering on an education campaign for Lyndhurst residents”? Geez….How many idiots do you think will sign up for that idea and what bright ideas would you clowns come up with that would make a difference in residential Coyote predation or population patterns? Hope no tax payer’s money is involved….Oh well, the soccer moms will figure it out…

  • chazzz

    Has anyone thought of trapping for profit, coyote skins can be sold. If you shoot them, use large shot, less pelt damage. There is no closed season on predators. Please observe the hunting laws in Ohio, no gun fire withing city limits and some none city areas have similar laws.

    Anti-hunters need not comment, I’ve heard it all before.

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