Coyote kill on Columbus Avenue

After two encounters with a coyote on his property, Jeff Papenfuss took action.
Register
May 31, 2013

 

By BRANDON CARTE
carte@sanduskyregister.com

He grabbed his .22-caliber rifle to shoot and kill the animal.

Papenfuss lives next to the Firelands Electric building on Columbus Avenue. A small creek flows through his yard, with some tall bushes and trees combining to create a curious mix of city and country life.

Tuesday morning, he was smoking a cigarette as he looked out the second-foor window of his home. He said he caught a glimpse of the animal on his lawn.

“I saw it about a week before, late at night, but it got away,” he said.

A recreational hunter, he quickly grabbed his rifle and shot from the window. The 35-pound female coyote was stopped dead in her tracks.

This certainly wasn't the first time a coyote has been spotted in a residential area. In March, Richard Broski called Perkins police after his daughter let out her small dog at her Lake Court home.

According to a police report, the dog was headed back into the home, but it then turned and bolted for the tree line. "The small dog was attacked by a coyote (and) was taken to the Elyria Animal Hospital and later passed away,” the report said. 

Kevin Newsome, wildlife officer supervisor for the state’s division of wildlife, said coyotes are opportunistic feeders — they'll go for the easiest possible meal.

“Coyotes are in all 88 counties in Ohio and they do well in both metropolitan and rural areas,” Newsome said. “It’s nothing new for someone to see a coyote, whether it’d be in a suburb or city setting.”

Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said it is somewhat unique for people to see coyotes in the township's more populated areas.

“Any kind of wild animal that someone may encounter may pose a risk,” Klamar said. “If we get a call in an area where the animal is posing a threat to the safety of the resident, we would do whatever we need to do to make sure the threat is eliminated.”

Paul Kurfis, district law supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, said residents have little to worry about when it comes to coyotes.

“Attacks on people are extremely rare,” he said. “When you hear them howling, it isn’t like there is a pack just waiting to hunt people down.”

Residents who spot a coyote should bring any pets inside, and then call the police, Klamar said.  

To prevent coyotes from venturing onto your property, your garbage cans should have lids that are secured by bungee cords, and you shouldn't leave food outside, Kurfis said.  

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Professor Playdoh's picture
Professor Playdoh

Living On Columbus by the quary I can tell you there are a lot of coyotes running around.. There is a family of 5 in a den about 400 ft behind my home. They sure make a racket any time a siren goes by. I not sure that I would tell anyone that I shot one.. Some things you just do and go collet the bounty.

Raoul Duke

Who's gonna kill all the bats?

Factitious

After a recovery that probably began in the 1980's, the coyote population in Ohio appears to be leveling off.

There is no big coyote "problem." Troublesome individuals or packs tend to get culled.

Coyotes check the populations of some other species that can get troublesome in the absence of predators. And there's an international market for the fur that benefits trappers.

So if you see a coyote, just enjoy. Don't bother the police unless it's causing an actual problem beyond fear and loathing. If you really think it's an issue, considering calling ODNR or emailing local gun clubs; they might know someone who would appreciate hearing from you.

Cowboy

So shooting the thing from a second story window probably isn't the preferred way to take care of this.

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Professor Playdoh

That's the best way..From that angle you don't have to worry about where the bullet goes.

Cowboy

Have you ever heard of ricochet? This same type of act took out our window because of a stupid neighbor. He sure learned the definition of ricochet!

Nemesis

A ricochet off of grass? Get real.

Cowboy

Who said it hit grass? It hit a rock! Don't you feel dumb now!

Huron_1969

It's the magic bullet and grassy knoll conspiracy !!!

Nemesis

Then it's not "the same act" since this one was on grass.

reporter54

Your garbage and trash should be in cans and should have lids anyway. Putting just bags out on the street invites birds to tear them up looking for food. And then the remaining trash blows all over your neighbors' yards. Sometimes the trash collector will not pick it up if it's torn open. Also coons and possum like garbage and trash. Unfortunately these animals are all looking for food and whatever you throw out is like a feast to them. Many things in your trash are also harmful to wildlife so do us all a favor and BUY A TRASHCAN!

deertracker

Agreed!

rjoh

I live in columbus,North side about 3/4 mile inside the 270 loop and we have everthing but coyotes running around the neighborhood. Skunks, racoons,and possum. We also have our share of hawks making the birdfeeders in the neighborhood their happy hunting grounds. The worst are the skunks. You get up in the morning and you can smell where they passed through.

WiseManOnceSaid

On my way to Columbus I usually take 315 rather than 23 all the way. I have seen a coyote twice in the past six months in the Powell area on 315.

rjoh

They have had stories on the news about coyotes attacking pets in the Powell area in the past year

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Professor Playdoh

What!!! who said anything about not having a trashcan?

transplant

I saw a coyote in my neighborhood in Perkins several years ago. I called the police who looked at me like I was crazy. The officer that responded did not check the area where I saw the animal go. He just chuckled and drove off. I respect the Perkins police but suspect that because I am an old woman I don't know the difference between a German Shepard and a coyote. Believe me, I know.

xtensionofme

Reporter: while I agree with you, we have cans, however we utilize our trash hauler's recycle program, which REQUIRES us to put our trash out in bags or they will not pick it up. Believe me, I'd prefer to put our trash out in our cans.

getit right be4...

I did not know you where support to call the cops every time you see a wild animal. Must be nice to have so little crime to handle that you need your residents to call in whenever they see wildlife minding it's own.

Shooting this animal from your bedroom window in a residential area was a irresponsible decision. It takes very little to get a 22cal to ricochet.

Mum-of-One

and..... luckily no neighbors were harmed!

Cowboy

Wouldn't you need a hunting license for that?

KnuckleDragger

Not if the animal is considered a nuisance or has threatened or attacked a human or a domesticated animal or livestock. They are shot all the time out here in the country.

VTX Rider

I thought it was illegal to discharge a firearm within the township limits? Doesn't seem like a very smart thing to do. Why not try a live trap and then call the game warden to come get them.

KnuckleDragger

Actually, Ohio law forbids townships from enacting laws banning or restricting the discharge of firearms within their limits. In order to do it they would have to become a city.

VTX Rider

Thanks for the information. I wondered if it was different because it is a township.

Advocate For Animals

Idiot. People keep building, taking over and destroying the habitat of these animals and then complain when these animals end up in backyards. Hope you're proud of yourself you gun toting coward.

I've had coyotes in my yard before. I did this really strange thing that didn't involving murdering a living creature. I left them alone and they moved on. Wow...what a concept. Ever here of live and let live?

KnuckleDragger

Good for you, now go crawl back under your rock.

Cowboy

Save the trees! Save the trees!

margaritaville88

KnuckleDragger: Agree with your comments being a hunter myself. I know Papenfuss and he is a good guy ! Anyone who thinks you can't shoot in a twp. needs to read some more or move to Sandusky CITY...

ritt

So.......you should move to the city because you can't shoot in the city?? And how many police calls are made for gun shots in the city ~ ?

nosey rosey

KnuckleDragger, your log in name speaks volumes.

KnuckleDragger

As does yours.

TboneWalkerJr

Only in the narrow minds of liberals waiting to scream "racist" at the drop of a grape soda

nosey rosey

Agree with advocate for animals. The coyote was posing no threat to humans yet an idiot with a gun decides to kill it. I hope murdering a defenseless animal helps his ego and his manhood.

KnuckleDragger

Yeah, I'll tell that to the next chicken a coyote kills on my property. No...wait, i'll just put a bullet in it and burn it in the burn barrel where the other coyotes were disposed of. Wonder if you'll feel the same next time you let your dog out and a coyote makes a meal of it?

totallyamazed

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I heard they're pretty tasty on a BBQ. No sense in taking one w/o enjoying the meat. {{giddy up}}
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2cents

He needs to move to a different neighborhood : )

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

doggie mom

It amazes me how many people just love to destroy animals because people have over populated and have taken over so much they have little food and space to grow that they are a nuisance. I wish we were able to take care of more human nuisances than animal ones...

KnuckleDragger

Actually it is the overpopulation of these animals that is causing the problem. In Ohio, coyotes have few natural predators, which is why their population has exploded in the past decade. These coyotes are not friendly little doggies. Back one in a corner and try to pet it if you thinks so, you will walk away...minus your hand.

Westender

Ok, now we have both sides have checked in.
So what I suggest is everyone who don't want the nuisance animals killed, to leave your name and phone numbers so every time a wild animal is spotted we can call them and they can take care of them. Keep up the good work.

KnuckleDragger

LOL. Yeah, that will happen. These same hypocrites on hear rambling on about not harming an animal will be enjoying a big juicy steak this weekend. Apparently they think their food just appears out of thin air.

margaritaville88

AGREED...

eriemom

I'm actually happy that coyotes have moved into my area. They do a good job keeping the rabbits out of my garden and the feral cat population down. I just keep my domesticated animals safe.

Westender

Cool you had to mention "feral cats". That is another problem. Ma be PETA will come here and take away all the "feral cats" and the coyotes also. Problem solved.

Nemesis

That's the problem - those coyotes are eating perfectly good rabbits that we could be eating.

God Of Thunder

Sounds like PETA is taking over on some of these comments.. The coyote population is out of control... Think about it, they are known to be in all 88 counties in Ohio... I catch them on video on my trail camera in my backyard, my trash is kept in cans in the garage, so that's not an excuse..

They are predatory scavengers and need to be controlled and anytime you can see one, get it.. It is very rare to see one.

By the way, I live extremely close to the high school, so don't give me any crap about killing "poor defenseless animals"... I'm thinking about making it a game to get a live trap, just for fun...

happycamper01

These are coyotes, not wolves, get a grip. So, just because you see wildlife (coyote, deer, skunk, etc.)that is not being a threat means it is okay to kill it? What if the female had puppies in a den nearby? Wow? What is this world coming too? Domesticated dogs that turn wild are more dangerous than coyotes. The ecosystem needs coyotes. Living on the border of country and city you are bound to get these animals. Complaining about them is like people moving into the country or wilderness and complaining about bears being near their homes or swimming in the ocean and blaming the shark when you are attacked. Who invaded whose territory? I would only kill an animal if it was causing an imminent threat because I believe in living in peace with nature not dominating it. This coyote was not a threat to this man. Just seeing o coyote on your property doesn't make it a threat. He gives hunters a bad name. And overpopulated maybe but the number one most dangerous and overpopulated animal on this earth is the human. Should we shoot them too so they are less of a threat to others and to the environment? There are other ways to control the population. I am not a hunter because I can't kill things but I am not saying hunting is wrong because it isn't. I lived in the mountains of New Hampshire on the border of Vermont where there are black bears, moose, fisher cats, coyotes, and other wildlife. People don't act all freaked out when they see these things in their yards there. Are we a bunch of sissies here in Ohio? I am not sure what is up. Shoot them if you, your pets, or livestock are in imminent danger but not until then.

Westender

Your right, if she had a den with oh lets say 4 pups. 2 are females. next year, she has another litter of 4 pups 2 more females. Last years litter with 2 females each have 4 pups with 2 females. Do the math. Talk about overpopulation.

happycamper01

You are assuming that they all survive. Most won't. Many will die at birth, get hit by a car, starve to death, disease, fighting with other coyotes, or other things. You can't assume they all live but I am sure you would say that even if 2 lived it is too much. It is that kind of thought that brings animals to the brink of extinction. Why do you think there are no natural predators anymore? Before the coyote made a comeback the deer population had no natural predators which caused their population to explode. All I know is that if I had a neighbor shooting weapons out of his window when there is no immediate threat coyotes would be the least of his problems.

happycamper01

I have family that lives on McCartney Road. You can't get be much more of a westender than that and has never had trouble with coyotes. They have seen them on their property and out by the wood line. They have a small dog and old big dog. They are smart about things though. They watch their dogs outside, especially at night, and their garbage cans are in a locked shed. They are not concerned about the coyotes because they learn to live with them but they did say there was a rumor a few years back that a mountain lion was spotted back behind the property in the woods. However, with all the deer back there they were not too concerned. The DNR stated that their could not be a wild mountain lion living back there because none exist in Ohio anymore so who knows if it was actually there but many people claimed to have seen it so... Well, mountain lion might make me more cautious but I would still embrace it being re-established here in Ohio because Ohio does need more natural predators for coyotes, deers, and other wildlife. It is the way nature intended it.

Yes, more pups lead to more coyotes. It is what happens when animals breed. People are way overpopulated and destroy the planet. I don't like the overpopulation of humans on this planet, know that many are bad seeds so eliminating them on sight would help with the human overpopulation but I don't kill people or anything else just because I have certain beliefs and don't like them. If I am threatened I will do what I need to do. If I was forced to hunt for survival I am sure I would but to kill something just for the sake of killing it or because I believe it is the only answer is not my way. Again, harmony not domination.

Westender

Cool Happy, so next time any one has a problem with coyotes, call Happy and Happy will gladly come out live trap it get it neutered and release it back to the wild. Have a good day :)

happycamper01

Actually, I would help with that project. That sounds like an excellent idea!

Also, you can start helping with human overpopulation and things that are threatening by going to help the FBI on Dewitt Avenue. Those animals are far more dangerous than coyotes.

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2cents

One good thing about the coyotes is that they kill off the overabundance of deer that are around, the deer eat your landscaping and vegetable gardens but you can't shoot them! City deer are like varmint's as well. I sit on my back porch and listen the coyotes howl in the woods behind me right by the Sandusky Mall. If they get out of hand and bother anyone then it is open season on them : )

Westender
happycamper01

No I would not wear real fur of ANY kind. So what's next club a baby seal or red fox because they are nuisances?

TboneWalkerJr

That makes no sense!! WHO in their right mind would not support the clubbing of baby harp seals who stare at people with those twisted distorted evil faces and blood red burning eyes that are the mirrors into H. E. double toothpicks

TboneWalkerJr

Coyotes CAN KILL "people". I read about a coyote that wandered into a backyard where a vegan liberal in dreads was camping out in boxes every night to cure homelessness and the coyote dragged it away and proceeded to devour all 95 pounds of meat on the hippie's 6 foot frame finishing with the dreads for dessert. Then the coyote died of food poisoning