More complaints about coyotes in Oregon

Kelly J. Kaczala

         At an Oregon City Council meeting on March 11, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn said she had been seeing an increase in coyotes in the Bay Shore Road area. At a meeting on June 10, Council President Dennis Walendzak said he’s fielded some calls from residents since then about spotting coyotes in residential areas.
        “I’ve had a couple of residents call me last week talking about the coyotes - even during daylight hours now - running up and down the property lines. They’re asking what can they do, what are they legally allowed to do?” said Walendzak.
        City Administrator Mike Beazley said he has had discussions with state wildlife officials who said  that coyotes are shy and avoid encounters with humans. 
        “The advice is that the coyotes want to leave you alone. Make sure if you have small dogs or livestock, like chickens, you’ll want to take some precautions,” said Beazley. “Most of the other communities are ignoring them. It’s hard to do if it’s in your backyard.”
        Beazley said if a coyote is removed from an area, another coyote will come and take its place because there’s a territory that’s available. You don’t get a net decrease unless you take out a lot across the region. This is hard to manage. Wildlife is a challenge. We’ve been dealing with groundhogs a lot and it’s a big year for groundhogs as well. Our traps have been going out a lot. I don’t have any magic on it. And there’s nobody who has a good plan. The advice from the state is they’ll leave you alone if you leave them alone. They don’t want to bother you. We’re going to work on some options as we talk to other communities. But nobody has any real good solutions. They’re in all 88 counties in Ohio. Now they are in a very high percentage of neighborhoods, especially agricultural communities like ours. We have a lot of land here in Oregon. “
        Mayor Mike Seferian said it is possible that even more than one coyote would replace one that is removed from a community.
        “Sometimes you increase the population by taking them out,” he said.
        Seferian said the public should take precautions with their cats, as the feral cat population has gone down in the last few years.  It is likely, he said, that the coyotes are responsible for reducing the number of feral cats in the community.
        “When the coyote population goes up, the feral cat population goes down,” he said.
        Councilman Tim Zale agreed.
        “This year, I have seen a marked decrease in the number of feral cats,” said Zale.
York waterline
        Also at the meeting, council:
        •Approved an agreement with East River LLC for the acquisition of a waterline easement and temporary construction easement for the York Street Trunk Waterline Project. “It’s at the northwest corner of York Street and Lallendorf Road,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “We have one more easement needed yet for this project.”
        The project serves two purposes: To provide Toledo water to the second power plant in Oregon; and for an emergency backup of water supply between Toledo and Oregon, said Roman;
        •Levied special assessments for the improvement of South Norden Road from the centerline of Seaman Road southerly to Wolf Creek by the installation of a sanitary sewer, with street restoration and resurfacing.


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