The picture of a pair of coyotes was taken by a motion-activated camera in Frohring Park in Bainbridge Township. It's the same two coyotes who were in the park last year, and the female coyote is pregnant and will deliver pups in a few weeks. Normally passive, coyotes will become aggressive when protecting their dens. The key to safety, according to Geauga Park District Biologist Paul Pira, while in the park, is to keep your dog on a leash.
"When a dog, off leash, would encounter a coyote or a coyote den, that's when encounters happen and confrontations between animals," said Pira.
There are signs posted in the park urging visitors to keep their dogs on a leash, but Pira says, park research shows that only half of the park visitors comply.
If you are approached by a coyote, it is suggested that you:
Bainbridge resident Alicia Knowles is a frequent visitor to the park and she keeps her dog on a leash, but still, she worries. "I think they should trap them and put them in a sanctuary somewhere that's safe for the coyotes, they are invading the public parks, it is a problem," she says.
But according to Pira, trapping and moving coyotes does not work, another pair will quickly move into the area.
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