Coyotes: Here's how to identify and scare them away

Coyotes: Here's how to identify and scare them away

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Coyotes are not native to Ohio, but as more increasingly call the Cleveland area home, it's important to know how to identify them and avoid an attack.

This week a Lakewood woman had to euthanize her dog after an attack on Tuesday. The incident joins a handful more reports of small dogs being attacked or coyote sightings in Northeast Ohio this season.

The information below will help you identify a coyote to make sure it's not a stray dog or harmful fox.

As for scaring one away, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says:

"Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn't, throw objects like rocks at it to scare it away. A coyote that loses its fear of humans could potentially become a threat."

The Cleveland Metroparks is encouraging people who think they may have spotted a coyote to report it here.

We'd also like you to vote and see if you know what a real coyote looks like and keep in mind there are no wolves in Ohio according to the ODNR.

Here's the answer everyone! A) is a gray wolf (Ohio does not have wolves) B) is also a wolf. C) is a fox D) is in fact a coyote.

Here's what a coyote sounds like:

Here is a list of things that help identify a coyote and how to protect yourself (and your pets) from them:

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