Posted: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Hunters can kill coyotes due to overpopulation


A coyote photo
Reports of the wild canine being near homes have increased near wooded areas of Dayton.

By Jessica Heffner


After finding an animal skinned and left on the side of the road, David Grim and John Desjardins wanted justice. But the person responsible didn’t commit a crime.

The men found the animal just a few feet from Vance Road while walking their three dogs last week. Believing it to be a dog, they made a report to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Officials there identified the animal as a coyote.

Still, the image disturbed Grim.

“It’s a bad thing, throwing dead animals out like trash along the highways and roads. It’s terrible,” he said.

In Ohio, coyotes can be hunted year-round due to overpopulation. Their exact numbers aren’t tracked by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, but the animals are present in all 88 counties in the state and they are very adaptive, said Gary L. Comer Jr., assistant wildlife management supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife District One office, which oversees wildlife issues in Champaign County.

Hunters often skin coyotes to sell their pelts, with can go for between $21 and $51, according to fur trapper websites. During deer season, hunters may encounter coyote more often, Comer said, and therefore coming across a carcass is more common.

There are no laws that govern how the animals can be killed or skinned, he said. However, after learning about the carcass found on Vance Road, he said people should follow ethical guidelines.

“I would recommend that the carcasses be composted, buried or disposed of in a proper way rather than just thrown on the roadside,” he said. “I don’t think it’s very ethical to just discard carcasses at random.”

There are differences between a dog and coyote skull and teeth that identify the animals, but those markers are difficult to spot if you’re not an expert, Comer said. Anyone coming across a carcass should contact law enforcement or a wildlife agency for proper identification, he said.


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