COVINGTON -- Vincent Niceley isn't shaken when he sees a coyote. It's a common occurrence, he said.
"I work third (shift) in the Pioneer Park area," the Elsmere resident said. "You can see them often. I have had to stop on 3L (Ky. 17) before because they are chasing rabbits out onto the road."
But in the fall, it's a little chilling to hear their howls.
"In the fall, they get more vocal with their howls and calls. It is then when you can hear them that you realize just how many there are in that area," Niceley said. "You can hear them call from Pioneer Park, Doe Run Lake, the Kenton County Animal Shelter and the hills north between Eaton Concrete and Club Chef. They are thriving in those woods areas."
And it's becoming more and more common, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, for coyotes to venture from the woods into urban and suburban areas.
Union resident Linda Engelbrink spotted a coyote on her way into work downtown Cincinnati just a few weeks ago. She saw it in the morning, crossing Dixie Highway by (the now closed) Stein Mart in Fort Wright going into the new Krumpelman neighborhood.
"It didn't really frighten me as it is all a part of nature," she said. "People should be aware, however, that they are in their neighborhoods and take necessary precautions to keep pets and children secure.
According to a recent article in Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, reports of coyote sightings in residential areas increase in the spring and early summer as coyotes breed and give birth to pups.
Laura Palmer, furbearer biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said having a basic understanding of these wild animals, which can range in color from reddish to tan to grizzled gray and black, can ease concerns and limit potential conflicts.
"Coyotes are often misunderstood," Palmer told Kentucky Afield. "Most do not bother people. Many times, people do not even know coyotes are living near their homes."
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