It is not uncommon in the City of Hudson, or any other urban community, for residents to see and/or hear coyotes. Often, seeing or hearing coyotes creates a concern for residents that pet and human lives are at risk. Due to their intelligence and adaptability, in addition to extensive urbanization and the decline of larger predators, coyotes have successfully expanded their range across Ohio into urban areas. While physical encounters between coyotes and humans are extremely rare, the co-existence of coyotes and humans does present at times opportunities for physical encounters.
City of Hudson's Urban Coyote Management Plan
Hudson's Urban Coyote Management Plan was created in response to increased concerns about coyotes in Hudson. The plan details general information about coyotes and their behaviors, how to coexist with coyotes, strategies to help prevent potential coyote encounters, and what to do if you encounter a nuisance or aggressive coyote. View the plan in its entirety below.
View the City of Hudson Urban Coyote Management Plan
Identifying Nuisance/Aggressive Coyotes and What to Do if Encountered
Coyotes are common in Hudson and in Ohio in general. Physical encounters between coyotes and humans are extremely rare, and we tend to coexist peacefully. However, it is important to know how to identify a nuisance or aggressive coyote and what to do if one is encountered. Hudson’s Coyote Management Plan details what are considered unusual behaviors for coyotes and the steps a resident should take if the behaviors are observed. See the Action Plan chart for recommended actions for specific situations.
How To Deter Coyotes
Coyotes often are attracted to property due to food, water, and shelter opportunities. Minimizing these coyote attractants is the best way to reduce the possibility of coyotes using residential properties. Take a look at the Yard Audit Checklist to assess if you need to make property modifications to discourage coyotes from your yard.
Need Assistance with a Stray or Nuisance Animal?
For assistance with stray animals or nuisance wild animals in the City of Hudson, please contact Summit County Animal Control at (330) 643-2845 or visit their website.
Visit the following resources and links for more information or to talk to a wildlife expert.
- U.S. Department of Wildlife District Three Headquarters: 330-644-2293, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources General Wildlife Line: 1-800-WILDLIFE
- Summit County Division of Animal Control: 330-643-2845
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division
- MetroParks Serving Summit County - Local Coyote Research
- What to Do if a Coyote is in Your Backyard, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
- All About Coyotes, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
- Coyotes, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Publication
- Your Wild Neighbors: Coexisting with Coyotes, Animal Protection Institute
- Helping Wildlife - Coyotes The Ohio Wildlife Center
- Urban Coyote Conflict and Management, The Ohio State University School of Environment & Natural Resources