Coyotes – Deer
Local Coyote Sightings
We would like to remind our residents of what to do if you see a coyote near your home.
Per the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in highly developed areas. This is often not cause for alarm. Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote in the Buckeye State.
1. Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties and are regularly seen within city limits.
2. There are no wolves living in the wild in Ohio.
3. If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all “attractants” to deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food primarily before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Do not feed coyotes directly.
4. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes. Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially after nightfall) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.
5. Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. 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.
6. If the coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use highly regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly “Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations” digest for more information.
[Click here] to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for information about coyotes.
Orange Village council believes that the general interests of the Village will be advanced if nuisance animals are abated from within the Village.
Village Council has given the Orange Village Police Department the authority to issue hunting priviledges IF AND WHEN an animal is considered a nuisance.
Hunting is NOT PERMMITTED in Orange Village, without express written permission from the Orange Village Police Department.
In an effort to make our program productive and safe I must insist that all participants FOLLOW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO THEIR LETTER OR FORFIETURE OF YOUR PERMIT WILL FOLLOW.
The following pages in this section of our website explain the process of obtaining permission to hunt nuisance animals and the regulations that apply.
All applicants are required to meet with me at the police department prior to the issuance of any permit. During our meeting we will discuss, among other things, safety, state and local laws and any questions you may have that need to be addressed. You may find it helpful to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Website at www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife for more information.
Please read our local ordinance 505.11 and have completed all of the forms in the application and bring them with you to our meeting. This includes your Certified Archery Proficiency Test. This process must be completed every year.
Local ordinance 505.11
(a) No person shall hunt, kill or attempt to kill any animal or fowl by the use of firearms, bow and arrow, air rifle or any other means within the corporate limits of the Municipality, except that limited hunting may be permitted upon the following terms and conditions:
(1) Council shall have determinmed that a nuisance condition exists within the Village, the animal or fowl creating the nuisance and the specific area or areas within the Village of not less than five (5) contiguous acres in which the nuisance is located; and
(2) No firearms are used; and
(3) The Chief of Police or his or her designated representative within the Police Department shall have issued a limited hunting permit only after determining that the applicant has complied with all laws, rules and regulations of the State and has the written permission of the owner of the property involved. The permit shall be subject to such reasonable requirements as are deemed necessary to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Village and shall be conditioned upon the applicant complying with all laws, rules and regulations of the State. All applicants shall agree, in writing, to defend and indemnify the Village for any negligent acts committed by the applicant while exercising rights granted hereunder. This agreement shall be a part of the application, and signed by the applicant.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) “Nuisance condition” means an identifiable specie of animal is causing continuing or repeated annoyance, inconvenience, alarm, discomfort, injury or damage to persons or property within the Village.
(2) “Five (5) contiguous acres” means an assemblage of one or more parcels of land which total more than two hundred seventeen thousand eight hundred (217,800) square feet.
(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(Ord. 2004-34. Passed 10-5-05.)
I may be reached at 440-287-5236 or via e-mail. Please leave me a detailed voice message that includes your name and telephone number (even if you think I have it) and I will call you at my earliest opportunity.
Sgt. Damian Davis
Nuisance Animal Abatement Program Director
REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORMS