Coyotes topic for concern in Carmel neighborhoods

Coyote. (WISH Photo, file)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – It was a packed house Wednesday night in Carmel as neighbors tried to find out what to do about coyotes who keep popping up in their neighborhoods.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said they are getting at least two calls a day about coyote sightings in yards, on the streets and even some backyards.

There’s no way around it, coyotes think we are pretty interesting creatures.

“Predators and meat eating animals seem to have a fascination for people,” said DNR Conservation Education Supervisor Warren Gartner.

Coyotes are showing up all over the place right now in Indiana. Sometimes they show up in plain view, but other times they show up in the night.

“They are nocturnal, they’re pretty secretive so people can be close to them and they don’t even know they are there,” said Gartner.

Wildlife experts called the meeting Wednesday night to answer questions from concerned pet owners and neighbors.

Judi Campbell not only had a coyote in her yard; she snapped a picture

“I like them. For people who have little dogs and little cats, they need to be aware,” she said.

Jon McNabb of Westfield is concerned a coyote could make his dog an evening snack.

“I’ve been concerned about the coyotes since I’ve moved to this area,” McNabb said

McNabb spends a lot of time working outdoors and usually right beside him is Nina, a nine-year-old toy Pomeranian.

“I come home to her everyday; she goes everywhere I go. She’s part of my life,” he said

But the four pound dog would be an easy catch for a coyote.

“It would be like a snack lunch; she’d be like a hot-pocket with fur,” McNabb said

McNabb lives in the city limits and can’t shoot a coyote, but  he has an air riffle to scare coyotes away from Nina.

“A very powerful air riffle so it’s very capable of taking care of coyotes,” he said

Gartner said coyotes are afraid of us; we’re just too big. The bottom line, we just have to get used to them.

“Coyotes have been here since forever and we’re just moving in to them a few more times because we’re moving into their habitat,” said Gartner.

The DNR said one key tip don’t leave pet food outside. Coyotes like it too. And bird food is dessert for a curious coyote.

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