‘Alpha male’ coyote to blame for Macedonia pet attacks


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MACEDONIA, Ohio– One Summit County community is warning residents about coyotes and one animal in particular that’s lost its fear of humans.

February is peak mating season for coyotes, making many males very aggressive.

The Macedonia Police Department said they believe one alpha male coyote is responsible for several attacks on pets in the city. This coyote no longer fears humans, according to police.

“Once an animal reaches this point it cannot be retrained to fear humans again and must be eliminated. This behavior is not limited to coyotes, but displayed in several different species of wild animals such as bears, elk and moose. We are attempting to find and eliminate this coyote from our area,” the police department said on Facebook. They are considering live trapping.

Last month, two coyotes attacked a dog on Highland Road and another dog was taken from a backyard in Macedonia.

Police are also encouraging hunters to kill coyotes. Bow hunting is allowed for deer in certain parts of Macedonia. There is no closed season on coyotes.

The department suggests residents put away food that attracts birds and rodents, and changing behavior so coyotes won’t be waiting for the dog’s late-night potty break. Macedonia police also want people to become familiar with an anti-coyote technique called hazing.

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