Last Saturday morning, I was coming out of my barn and found something I wasn’t expecting. Generally, I’m pretty open to visitors. However, not of this type.

It was Mr. Coyote.
coyote photo
I noticed he wasn’t scared of me, so I slipped off to my Jeep (like a good journalist) and grabbed my camera.

I managed to get just over 30 feet away from Mr. Coyote and started snapping pictures.

I wasn’t exactly happy about the encounter. I know that they were probably looking for food and they probably have a litter somewhere in a den right off the pasture.

photo of coyote

Then I realized Mr. Coyote was not alone. In the distance was a second coyote.

After about a minute, Mr. Coyote gave evidence that he was the boy and I’m assuming the other more timid animal was the Mrs. Coyote.

Many farmers in Ohio are constantly fighting them as they kill lambs and even calves. And it is a fight that gets harder to win as the coyotes constantly find ways to get their prey.

My encounter was only a minute or two before they ran off towards the woods, but it was long enough to realize, I have a problem!

I’m being very vocal and asking anyone that I can if they can dispose of them. They just can’t live there! Or for that matter be that public.

The part I find to be most frustrating is that hunters are always asking if they can hunt coyotes or if I have witnessed them. And I have in the past, but not this close. And then when I tell the hunters– yes, they continue on to tell me about the fancy calls and other hunting gear they have and how willing they are to find them.

Yet, no one gets them! Hopefully, someone will be able to get them and remove them before they find prey in the barn or a neighbor’s dog!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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