Coyote sightings decline in Perrysburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:51
Ron Dohr, who lives on Woodstream Road near Fort Meigs, took this photo of a coyote in his own yard last Dec. 18. The photo was taken by his trailcam.
PERRYSBURG — Coyote sightings, once thought to be on the increase in the city, have dropped off in recent months, but the trend might not be permanent.
Coyotes are still thought to exist in force in the area, and may be reappearing.
Last spring, Perrysburg Animal Control Officer Jeff Studer said that as many as seven of the animals were seen, with eight to 10 total sightings typical in a year.
Later, in October and November, more than 20 sightings were reported.
“I don’t know if it’s kind of a seasonal thing, if they were breeding at that time, or what,” he said of the increase.
“Now it’s pretty much dropped off.”
The same holds true on local park land.
Deb Nofzinger, naturalist with the Wood County Park District, indicated that they’ve heard little from people regarding coyote sightings in the parks. The last sighting in the W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, on White Road between Perrysburg and Rossford, was as long ago as two years. However, one was signted following a parks program near the YMCA, in the 13000 block of Eckel Junction Road, last spring.
The decrease in sightings could be part of a recognized statewide pattern. Coyotes, which are not native to Ohio, are present in every one of the state’s 88 counties, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
However, the ODNR states that “the statewide population trend appears to be leveling off after increases were observed during the 1990s.”
While sightings have decreased from their peak in 2010, they still remain more than triple what they were in 1990.
Studer said that, aside from an unconfirmed report of an attack on a cat two years ago, no pets or people have been harmed by the creatures.
“I’m knocking on wood right now,” he said.
One of the animals was caught in the city last year — a three-legged coyote.
“It had three legs, it was having a hard time making a living. So we got that one. It had mange so bad.” The animal was euthanized because of its poor health.
Studer still feels that coyotes are on the increase, and that the Perrysburg coyote population might just be laying low until a later season.
Nofzinger said that “it wouldn’t surprise me that they’re on the increase, because they’re highly adaptable animals. They don’t have a problem living in rural and/or urban environments.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:07

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