Coyote concern: Officials warn residents to be vigilant in Seven Hills

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SEVEN HILLS, OH – They’re more often heard than seen, but now we’re getting an up close look at a coyote that was caught on camera.

“I just happened to see something on the left hand side of the road there,” said John Vespa of Seven Hills.

Vespa said he saw the coyote walking around his neighborhood near Broadview Road and Ridgeview Drive earlier this week.

“It looked at me, didn’t even care, it was probably 15-20 feet away maximum,” Vespa said.

It’s the first time John had seen a coyote in person near his home. He spotted it 30 feet from the intersection of Broadview Road and Ridgeview Drive right near the Taleris Credit Union.

“Definitely a surprise, I couldn’t believe it when I pulled in and I had my lights on and it really lit up and I was like holy cow,” said Vespa.

“It’s a good thing here,” said Mike Mraz of Seven Hills.

Mraz, lives on Ridgeview Drive and has spotted two coyotes in recent months in his backyard. He says he likes to hear the news that a coyote was recently roaming the neighborhood.

“Coyote’s from what I hear will knock down the deer population or keep it in check, because right now there is nothing keeping it in check,” he said.

Julie Kocik, an Animal Control Officer with the city of Parma confirms to FOX8 that the animal in the video is indeed a coyote. While neither Parma or Seven Hills have recently taken calls of coyote sightings, it’s still surprising to some residents how close they will roam.

Animal Control officers remind residents that coyotes are more afraid of you than you are of them. Also, if coyotes are spotted in your area, keep an eye on small pets like cats or dogs.

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