North College Hill Police warn people to watch for coyotes after one kills small dog

Posted at 6:57 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 06:57:05-04

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio -- Police say a coyote attacked and killed a small dog Monday night in the southwest quadrant of North College Hill, prompting officer to alert residents to stay on alert.

As a reminder, here are some safety tips and information the police department shared about coyotes:

  • While coyotes are not native to Ohio, they are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties in both rural and urban settings.
  • Coyotes are most active at dawn and dusk, but may be seen frequently throughout the day.
  • Remove all “attractants” to possibly deter the coyote from returning.
  • Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and mice. Small pets may also be taken. Keep small dogs and cats inside or stay with them at night when coyotes are most active.
  • Coyotes are curious, but generally fearful of humans. Clap your hands and shout to scare off coyotes that are investigating your yard.
  • Coyotes can adapt and exploit most any habitat to their advantage, including forests, clearcuts and woodlots in rural and urban areas.
  • If the coyote visiting your yard seems to lack a fear of humans or is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. You can locate a trapper near you by calling the Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
  • The hunting of coyotes in North College Hill is illegal.

For more information on coyotes, go to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website here.