Saturday, September 14, 2002

Ravenous coyotes hunted

By Susan Vela,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGDALE — Sharpshooters lurked on the edge of dense woods Friday, hoping to spot and kill a pack of ravenous coyotes that ate a small poodle in the Oxford Hills subdivision the day before.

[photo] Casey, a 7-year-old poodle, was killed by coyotes.
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        Wearing camouflage and toting shotguns and rifles, the marksmen took positions near the woods and on the deck behind Gary and Kathy Pender's home in the 600 block of Cedarhill Drive.

        The sharpshooters kept an alert eye while anticipating that, come feeding time, the wild canines would return to the spot where they saw the Penders' poodle, Casey; climbed the Penders' fence and killed the pet.

        The pack may have up to five coyotes and could be especially hungry, said Dan Frevert, a wildlife biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, because of the drought that has decimated its everyday diet: rodents.

        “He was just torn to shreds,” Mr. Pender said of Casey. “If they're that brazen, they can attack other animals. Even a small child could be a victim. At this point, I wouldn't put anything past them.”

        Springdale Police Capt. Bill Hafer wants Mr. Pender and his neighbors to feel safe again. For the next week, sharpshooters will head back into the woods.


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