Human and coyote interactions have sizably increased over the past few years in the western and eastern portions of the United States. These increased, sometimes negative, interactions have caused many public agencies to develop co-existence, educational and management programs. Even though our region and Ohio have not seen an increase in negative interactions, we are proactively working to educate the public in Clark County prior to any of these issues occurring. NTPRD and Wittenberg University have partnered to implement Common Sense Coyote, a public information and monitoring program. Common Sense Coyote will provide the tools for our residents to safely co-exist, and provide a better understanding of the coyote population and behavior in Clark County. The Common Sense Coyote Program is funded in part through a grant by the Ohio Parks And Recreation Association Foundation.
Coyotes play a natural and beneficial role in the food chain by eating mice and other small rodents, and help regulate the number of skunks, opossums and raccoons. The coyote is the most widely-distributed large predator in North America. Documented cases of coyotes injuring people are very rare and, most often, are related to people intentionally or unintentionally feeding them. Their innate fear of humans tends to keep them from coming into close contact with people. However, dogs can be vulnerable to coyote confrontations. Most commonly, they include coyotes who have grown comfortable to people through feeding or who are protecting their territory and pups.
- Never Approach a Coyote
- Do Not Run
- Do Not Turn Your Back
- Be Big and Loud
- Wave Your Arms
- Throw Objects
- Face the Coyote
- Back Away Slowly
If you encounter or have a sighting of a coyote, fill out the form below or call 937-328-7275 to report this information.
KEEP WILDLIFE WILD
Never feed a coyote or other wildlife.
CONTROL POTENTIAL FOOD SOURCES
Keep your trash secure and compost bins covered. Closely monitor your bird feeders to ensure they are not attracting other wildlife. Keep pet food bowls inside.
MONITOR ALL PETS
Never let a pet roam free or go unmonitored while outdoors.
Always keep dogs on a leash while in public areas.
Never approach an active den area or a coyote. Enjoy all wildlife from a distance.