BAINBRIDGE, Ohio -- Keep your pets on a leash, warns the Geauga Park District after coyotes are spotted at a local park.
Cameras used to monitor the area captured images of coyotes setting up dens in Frohring Meadows near the popular walking paths.
The denning can be particularly dangerous because it means the coyotes will be having pups and become more protective, while also needing more food.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, pups are typically born around May.
This is the same location that a woman was chased up a tree by a coyote in 2012.
“Somebody saw the dog and the dog was acting very concerned and they followed the dog and found her in the tree,” said Natalie Lapace, dog owner.
Both the woman and her dog were safely rescued without injury, but other dogs have been killed in recent years by coyotes in their own suburban yards.
“Too many people leave their dogs off leash,” said dog owner Marc Charney. “You’re just asking for trouble.”
The park district says they will continue monitoring the coyotes in the area. They have also posted warning signs for walkers and runners.
But most importantly they recommend people keep their animals on a leash at all times.