Information packets about coyotes are available at the Jackson Township safety center.
Trustees learned during a regular meeting April 23 that acting Police Chief Ty J. Bissler has compiled a packet of information for township residents about coyotes.
It is available at the front desk at the Safety Center. Bissler said there have been three pet killings by coyotes in the township since March 2012.
According to Bissler, the department receives several calls daily from residents about coyote sightings. He also believes there may be more pet deaths than have not been reported.
“Officers have had conversations with residents that have indicated there have been some pets killed by coyotes but not reported to us,” Bissler said.
The information packet includes details about what coyotes look like, what their typical actions are such as moving about mostly at night, what they like to eat, their habitat and tips on how to get rid of them. Bissler said the best thing residents can do is not let their pets outside alone at night and to bring in all pet food that may be normally kept outside including birdfeeders.
Bissler said that typical coyotes are afraid of humans and making loud noises like clapping hands should scare off the animal. He recommends dialing 911 if a coyote becomes aggressive. Residents can also call the Safety Center to report a sighting. Sightings may also be reported to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) at 1-800-945-3543.
“We are recording all of the sightings so that we can track activity in the township,” Bissler said.
Residents are allowed to shoot coyotes if they are on their property and if they do so safely and in self defense. They are not allowed to shoot across a roadway or into habitation. Residents will have to report to the police
department that shooting the animal was in self defense or to protect a pet or if the animal was tearing up their property.
It is not allowable to shoot a coyote seen on someone else’s property without the property owner’s permission and the resident must have a hunting license.
“We just really want to educate people on how to keep the coyotes off their properties and keep their pets and family safe,” Bissler said.