Coyotes in Ohio

  • Coyotes are common in all of Ohio's 88 counties and are regularly seen.
  • Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals, such as mice,voles, and rabbits. 
  • They will take advantage of other food sources around your house, such as food left for pets, bird seed on the ground or untidy garbage cans.
  • Turn on your outside lights and check the yard before letting your dog out at night.  Bring your cat in at nightfall.
  • Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful in keeping coyotes away from your home.
  • Walk you dog on a leash; dogs often charge after a coyote and once a fight begins, the coyote won't stop.
  • Coyote pups are being born generally in the early spring and their parents are protective of them.
  • If you spot a coyote on your property make noise, clap your hands and shout, the coyote will likely move on.
  • If a coyote exhibits aggression towards you or will not be scared away by you these are signs it has lost it's fear of humans. 
  • An aggressive coyote may have to be trapped and killed.  Contact the City in that event and we can evaluate the situation.
  • These highly adaptable animals are now common throughout the region (and all of Ohio) and we all need to understand that reality.

To read more information on coyotes visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife website at .