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Coyote sightings spark concerns locally, statewide

With a layer of freshly fallen snow glistening under a full moon, a rural Greencastle man sent his shivering dog out into the cold one last time on a recent frigid February night.

The mutt pawed at the ground and sniffed at the snow, contently seeking out a familiar spot in the yard to take care of whatever business had sent him outside in the middle of the night to begin with.

But about 50 feet away, in the shadow of a neighbor’s garage, sudden movement caught the eye of both dog and master.

Too big for a cat, too ugly for a pet, the critter froze as the dog rose up on its hind legs.

“I scooped together some snow,” the man said, “and tossed a snowball in its direction, figuring to scare off what I thought was a neighbor’s cat.”

Instead, what he saw trot away, illuminated under a nearby dusk-to-dawn light, was unmistakably a coyote, he said.

READ MORE: Greencastle Banner-Graphic: Local News: Coyote sightings spark concerns locally, statewide (02/08/15).

DNR to host program in Carmel on urban coyotes

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is holding a program in an Indianapolis suburb to talk about options for dealing with urban coyotes.

The program by the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife comes in the wake of reports earlier this year of Carmel officials saying the city north of Indianapolis was receiving reports of coyote sightings and about cats and dogs being threatened or missing.

Coyotes are native to western Indiana and are now common in all counties in the state. DNR conservation education supervisor Warren Gartner says places like Carmel and Fishers have a lot of green space that give cover for rabbits and provide habitat for coyotes as well.

The program will be held Dec. 3 at the Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel.

via DNR to host program in Carmel on urban coyotes | WISH-TV.