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Wile E. Coyote had better not come to Huron County

Aaron Krause • Mar 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Huron County sheriff's deputies were called to the Ridge Road area after receiving a report at 8:28 p.m. Saturday that a coyote was injured after being hit by a vehicle.

The coyote suffered a broken leg, Huron County Sheriff's chief deputy Ted Patrick said. Deputies shot the animal to put it out of its misery.

Patrick said the coyotes are "everywhere" and "we have a high population of coyotes in Huron County."

Pet owners are encouraged to use precaution if they spot coyotes.

If coyotes are agitated by the presence of dogs, they might display forms of aggression consisting of yips, howls and growls. Coyotes also might follow behind dog walkers for a short distance.

For anyone with or without a dog who encounters a coyote, wildlife officials provide these safety tips:

--If you are walking a dog, shorten the leash; keep the dog close and as quiet as possible. Pick up and carry small dogs.

--If a coyote does approach, walk backward slowly and try to discourage it by shouting in a deep voice, waving your arms, throwing objects and looking the coyote directly in the eyes. If you are wearing a coat or vest, spread it open like a cape so that you appear larger.

--Carrying a whistle with you can help frighten a coyote and alert others.

One of the key safety precautions is to keep all dogs on leashes, Pira said.

"There shouldn't be any problem as long as they're on leash," he said. "Hopefully we won't have to close the trails."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) contributed to this article.

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