Coyote kill on Columbus Avenue

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


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.  


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?


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.


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

Professor Playdoh

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


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!


A ricochet off of grass? Get real.


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


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


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


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!




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.


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.


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

Professor Playdoh

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


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.


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.


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


Wouldn't you need a hunting license for that?


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.


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?


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


Save the trees! Save the trees!


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 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 ~ ?