Coyote Sightings in Bowling Green

By  | 

Warren County residents are keeping a close eye on their animals after coyote sightings in Bowling Green.

Animal Control said although it's more common to see coyotes in the county on farms, it's not unusual to see them within the city limits because there are plenty of wooded areas.

Animal Control said there's no reason to be afraid of coyotes because more then likely they won't attack you, but they have been known to attack pets.

The best way to keep them away from your house is to keep brush piles low, garbage covered and keep your pets secure.

But one Warren County resident has his own way of dealing with them.

"I just go out here and hunt them," said Rick McFadden, Anna resident.

McFadden said he sees coyotes in his yard all of the time. They've killed several of his landlord's calves.

"One this year and two or three last year," McFadden explained.

McFadden's landlord wasn't available to talk to us about his coyote problem, but he pays McFadden to shoot them.

"It is private land and they're attacking the cows - somebody's got to deal with them," McFadden said.

The cows aren't anywhere to be seen because McFadden said the coyotes have scared them away.

"They'll wait until the calf is out from the mother. When it moos they can hear that go after him," McFadden said.

He has two daughters, but said he's not afraid of the coyotes attacking.

"As long as I have my front porch light on they're not going to come around," McFadden said. "They're not just going to come up to you and bite you or claw you or anything like that. They're little tiny animals. They're just hungry just like anything else."

He said the coyotes will eat anything that moves. They've been known to attack pets, but McFadden isn't worried about the cat on his property.

"They'll get on him - they'll try, but I usually hear them before anything happens, but ain't got him yet," McFadden said.

Animal Control said if you see a coyote, raise your arms up and down, make a lot of noise and throw things at it. If the coyote still doesn't leave, you should back up into a safe place.

Animal Control said you should never turn your back to a wild animal.

For more information on coyotes, click here.