Coyote sightings to be discussed

Staff Writer

A special date has been set for Woodcreek Village Neighborhood Watch to discuss recent sightings of coyotes near the retirement complex.
The group will meet Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Walbridge area’s senior complex clubhouse, according to Ron Craig, Lake Township Police Department’s crime prevention officer and community policing officer.
“This issue is of concern to all residents of the Woodcreek Village area, but especially those who have pets,” Craig said. “We are lucky to have secured time with Kevin Newsome, a wildlife supervisor from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, to discuss the issue.”
Coyotes have been seen in other areas of Lake Township this year, most notably near Millbury.
“We had the ODNR wildlife officer in charge of Wood County attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting in Millbury, and he gave some very valuable information to those Neighborhood Watch members. Some of that information came as a surprise to those who attended that meeting,” Craig noted.
Lake Township Police Department brought in the wildlife officer to speak to the Millbury residents following the death of a family cat, thought to have occurred as a result of an attack by a coyote.
“We don’t want to alarm the residents of Woodcreek, but the information that will be provided by the ODNR wildlife supervisor will be very helpful to those who attend,” he said.
Officer Newsome will discuss a variety of coyote subjects, including their habitat, their migration in the area, what residents can legally do if they spot a coyote, and the way the wild animals interact with people and pets.
Those attending the meeting will also have an opportunity to ask questions of officer Newsome.
More information may be obtained by contacting Craig at 419-481-6354.


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