Update on Coy Wolf sightings in Ohio

Apparently my friends weren’t the only Ohioans to have large wild canines running around on their property. Not only was my blog about a Coy Wolf sighting widely read, but we also received some interesting new information and photographs from readers.

Unfortunately, Tyler McMillen also has large wild canines causing problems on his family’s farm near Granville and on the hunting preserves and cattle farms where he works in Morrow, Delaware and Knox counties. The cattle farm in Morrow County had coyotes attack and kill livestock this fall.

“They killed a two-day-old calf on Oct. 24,” he said. “Damages that have been done are luckily just the one calf, but we calve year around! I’m getting worried of what might happen in the cold weather when the ‘yotes get hungry.”

Tyler captured this coyote on his family's farm near Granville.

Tyler captured this coyote on his family’s farm near Granville.

It is not surprising that livestock has been killed when you look at his photos from his trail cameras and you see the number and size of the coyotes working together.

“Eleven trail cameras have picked up multiple pictures of the rascals prowling around, and I believe that their population numbers are on the rise,” he said.

To date, Tyler has managed to eliminate five coyotes.

“They are very smart,” he said.

With so many more Ohioans reporting coyote and other large wild canines near their homes and livestock, it might be time to review OSU Exensions fact sheet “Preventing and Controlling Coyote Problems.”

Did you know that coyotes are not native to Ohio? According to the fact sheet, they entered the Buckeye state in 1919.

“The immigration of coyotes into Ohio is part of a natural range expansion into eastern states following the removal of wolves and fragmentation of forests for agriculture,” the fact sheet reads.

More interesting facts from the fact sheet:

“Mating takes place January through March, with a peak in February. During this time coyote packs increase their territorial behavior. They maintain their high degree of territorial defense through April, when pups are born to the alpha pair.

Tyler's photos from trail cameras prove that coyotes are in abundance on the Morrow County farm where he works.

Tyler’s photos from trail cameras prove that coyotes are in abundance on the Morrow County farm where he works.

Livestock depredation often peaks during spring because of the availability of lambs and calves, which coincides with an increase in energy demands for alpha pairs raising newborn pups. Studies have shown that resident coyotes usually have little interest in livestock until a litter is born. The alpha pair is usually responsible for most predation events within a territory.

As with all nuisance wildlife problems and damage concerns, an integrated management plan is most successful when it combines tolerance, prevention, and control.”

For controlling the populations and damage caused by coyotes, the fact sheet suggests special fencing techniques, modifying livestock movement to decrease their territorial overlap with coyote habitat during peak seasons, using guard animals, employing scare tactics, and integrating trapping and shooting.

The complete fact sheet can be downloaded in a pdf format at ohioline.osu.edu/w-fact/pdf/0004.pdf.   Follow its tips to help ensure your pets and livestock stay safe during the upcoming mating and pup rearing seasons.

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  2. I live un Maineville, Ohio Warren county. We have seen many cities, but this morning I saw what looked like a large grey wolf, definitely . not a dog nor coyote.

    • I live in Auburn Township, OH and I know what I saw last night was not a coyote. It was much larger. It ran right in front of my car and I almost hit it.

  3. On 70 eastbound between 48 and the airport access there appears to be a dead one. I haven’t been able to verify due to the construction.

    • Yes, I saw the same animal that you described several months ago. My dog started barking like he has never barked before. I went to see what he was barking at and standing on my sidewalk only a few feet from my back door was standing a large gray wolf, not a dog for sure. Before I could stop my dog he ran out the doggie door and the thing made a dash for him, I opened the door and screamed. He did not get our little Yorkie, I frightened it away when I jumped out of the door and screamed. I didn’t even think about my safety but just reacted when Andy ran out of the doggie door and screamed the loudest scream I think I have ever screamed. I have not seen the animal since. Our dog sleeps with us at night and I swear he had doggie -mares that night. I could hear him several times that night making low half- hearted barking noises in his sleep. I live about 5 miles out of Maineville, Ohio. Warren County Ohio.

  4. Route 161, 3:30 am between Granville and New Albany , large wolf like animal ran across highway in front me, I feel like it was to big to be a coyote

  5. Just seen a wolf last night in my back yard. Back yard light (motion light) went off and plain as day!
    st rt 161/ 270 North/ East side.

    • Saw a beautiful grey and white wolf last Saturday 1.8.17 8:00 am walking through my yard but close to the woods in Mentor Ohio. Big long bushy tail that left a trail in the snow. Nobody believes me and I don’t care. What a once in a lifetime experience, Wonder what folklore says it means when you see a wolf unexpectedly ?

      • Just saw one tonight. Both my husband and I saw this lovely creature. It was not a coyote because it was fuller and had a bigger mane than a coyote

  6. Replying to Harm..I saw that one too and it was a fairly large carcass to be a coyote…also had a Maine of sorts

  7. Saw one twice this week…. Across the street from my house then in my yard.. Aurora ohio

  8. 3 wolves in a neighbor’s yard. 2 fully black and 1 completely white. Huge animals

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  11. A buddy and I both saw a wolf on our buddys farm close to cadiz oh around nov 2015….jan 2016 muzzleloader season two of my buddies saw two massive gray dogs…the one I saw had colors like a coyote…it was hunting field mice im sure…initially we thought it was a doe but then it turned sideways and we saw the pointed ears and long bushy tail…ive killed a few coyote s in my time and this was no coyote….the track was spotted a couple years ago by a hunter out on the farm…

  12. My husband and I have seen wolves in our pasture and close to the barn! We have goats and we don’t dare let out till after10am. We put
    them in at 5pm back in for the night . They are larger then any coyote we have seen in the past 20 years..

  13. And I forgot to mention that when we saw the brown wolf I knew immediately it wasnt a pet due to how it got nervous and took off like a olympic track star..the land is strip ground with spoils highwalls and thickets…seeing is believing yes…how about hearing is believing…idk….early fall Turkey season in the dark of morning I heard two gorillas mimicking a barred owl back and forth to each other..the dogs on the next ridge went crazy and the hair stood up on my neck for over 15 minutes…i believe whatever made that noise was bigger than me and I weigh close to 190..thats what I believe…

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  15. We just saw what seemed to be a coyote but much larger . It was early morning “daylight “. Are wolfs in this area thinking it could of been one . Mt Victory Ohio

  16. I saw a coyote wolf hybrid off 480 nearing 77 last week, it was an amazing creature.

  17. That is right around Cleveland. I told my friend about it and he describes what he knew about them, I looked them up and that is the thing I saw. A beautiful creature, it was walking openly on a bare hill along the highway.

  18. Saw one in Miamisburg ohio Five oaks metro park Trail area on the back path near the wood house. It was about 70 yards away from me. First time I ever saw a coyote or a wolf It scared the pants off me. He just stood there gazing back at me for about a minute then disappeared back into the bush. The neck was huge and the fur was a dirty blonde or cream color with a short nose and ears that stood up kinda like it was posing.

  19. I just saw a coywolf off to the side of the highway, 480 in North Olmsted. Grey wolf color and appearance, that looked like a medium size, between a wolf and a coyote. He just looked at me as I drove by.

  20. I have a question, could this be an eastern wolf?

  21. I believe I may have seen a (Northwestern?) Wolf on 271 about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus this past weekend.

  22. I believe I saw an Eastern Coyote or Coywolf in Dayton while hiking in a metro park. The coyote chased a large doe into my path that nearly ran me over. I had to move to avoid it. The coyote ran the other way when it saw me. It looked like it was going to take down the deer, and the deer had been bleating loudly before it ran into the path. The Coyote was dark grey and had a full tail. It looked much bigger and greyer, less tan and scraggly than Coyotes I’d seen before.

  23. SW Ohio, NE Cincinnati, Indan Hill 45253. We’ve sighted a Coywolf in our backyard: Old Hickory A friend has 2 frequently seen in his ravine on Camargo Pines… not far from our house, and a number are known to live off Taft Place ~3 miles away with one reported killed by local Rangers (our PD).

  24. I saw what looked like a wolf in Ross County, Chillicothe area on SR 28 on 7/17/16. It was daylight about 6:45 a.m. At first I thought it was a Dog or perhaps a coyote. However it was very large, very timid and very stealth. It stopped at the tree line and looked at me for a moment then ran into the woods. It was light brown/tan in color with large pointy ears trimmed in dark brown/black.

  25. About a month ago I was traveling south on I71 between Brunswick and Medina route 3. Just pass the rest stop I spot what look like to be either a small deer or large coyote. Pulled over to take a better look and I swore it was a wolf Big animal, dark brown in color, it took off running but had a different gate than a coyote…

  26. We have a huge coyote-Wolf hybrid problem on our farm in Medina. Large pack of the creatures wreaking havoc on our hunting the past two years. They are always in a pack and not afraid of people much. Have to walk in the woods with a sidearm during bow hunting season for safety. We are trying to take them all out. They are mean s.o.b.

  27. Ive spoted a pair twice on Summit Co. Portage Co. line any one with more info. please contact me vprone7455@gmail.com

  28. I caught a coywolf a couple years ago during trapping season .big animal 62 lbs female.

  29. We have a possible pack of three in our country neighborhood off 33 E between Lancaster and Columbus. They look closest to the Timberwolf. From the research I’ve gathered- they are not native of this area. Unfortunately, they are not afraid of humans as they walk in yards and the street during the day. I’m worried they will be killed- since they are endangered. They are so beautiful!

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  31. I wonder if that what people were reported seeing last summer. There was a warning for people to watch out for a pack of coyotes trying to take people’s pets while walking them. I would fight like hell to protect my pets. However I wouldn’t mind having a pup. I love wolves. They are beautiful animals.

  32. On Jan 4, 2017, 1:30am, I had got up, along with my female Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She needed to go out. As we stepped out we both heard a loud, echoing, blood curdling sound of a large animal, probably a deer, being hunted and killed. It was about a quarter of a mile from my house in the woods, near the Avon, Westlake border. The sound sent a chill down my spine. Being a country girl I have always loved listening to the sounds at night (owls, deer passing by, coyotes etc). I have never heard a sound like this though. My normally protective 75 lb dog was so fearful she jumped on me to get her back in the house asap! I stood outside for another 10-15 minutes listening to the terror filled screams with only enough time to catch a breath in between.
    I have seen these coy wolves for several years, and heard them often in groups or individually. They are larger than just coyotes. There is a mated pair in Avon Lake near Weiss Field that several of our group, Avon Lake Saddle Club, saw in Sept of 2015. I guess the deer overpopulation definitely feeds them. These animals are not endangered; there are more than anyone knows all over. And definitely they are wild animals and no-one should ever own or raise them! They need to be respected. Be mindful of letting your pets out, and good luck to the farmers. Do what you must do.

    • While we listened, in the strip of woods just to the east of my house, we could hear a herd of deer running through, the cracking of branches and limbs, heading to the south. Even bits of silhouettes were visible in the nighttime glow of the snow as they raced through. About 10 minutes after we entered the house, I stepping back out and heard no sounds at all.
      Two of my neighbors have shot between 15 to 20 coy wolves in the last 2 yrs.

    • Yes, on Friday, January 6, 2017, I was just leaving Southwest General Hospital on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights heading West and just as I turned left, my lights hit what appeared to be two very large grey wolves running across the road and into the woods which abuts the new walking path built that starts on Smith and ends near the movie theatres on Bagley Road. I was shocked and amazed all at the same time as I had seen a grey wolf in Yosemite National Park years ago and these two animals looked just like that. They were beautiful and BIG.

  33. Those you saying you’re seeing wolves all over the place are dumb as hell. Even coywolves are rare in Ohio and there’s no way to tell that what you’re seeing is one without a genetic analysis. In all likelihood if you’re seeing a big coyote it’s a coydog that’s hybridized with a large dog breed. They’re beautiful animals and significantly less dangerous than dogs, so quit freaking out.

    • A couple of wolf send were released in Ohio about 8 years ago to help w the deer issue. Including one around big Creek parkway. Residents received notice from the national park system

  34. While I think Daniel’s tone is a bit too harsh, I have to agree with his assessment that people are mistaking coyotes and coydogs for coywolves, which are still exceedingly rare in Ohio. Coyotes, on the other hand, have become common even in fairly built-up suburbs, especially recently.Tey can appear rather large – significantly bigger than Western coyotes and able to hunt larger prey. Their increasing indifference to humans is troubling, as they are known to take small animals right off of porches and sometimes in front of people. However, there are few (if any?) documented, genetically proven cases of coywolves in Ohio, as far as I know.

  35. Around 4:00pm today I saw what I thought was a wolf crossing properties. It was headed straight for me. I quickly went into our back building and told my husband. When he went to look the animal was gone. We live near oak openings preserve. I have seen and heard coyote for yesrs. This was different. It was large point eared but was very black? My husband and i saw an animal just like this one 15 yrs ago.

  36. My wife say a large black coy wolf during deer shotgun season, she first thought she saw a black bear,but once we check the tracks it was definitely a coy wolf. Also the animal got into a weighted garbage can I put waterfowl carcasses into, and it took a coon pelt off a street I had curing under our back deck. I also saw miles of the large track where the animal was hunting in the snow during muzzleloader season.

  37. I was walking my Border Collie at around 1230 am, today, just a few moments ago, when I saw 2 large, magnificent looking (size of German Shepherds) coyotes/coywolfs (not sure which) near Brookpark and Colombia Roads in North Olmsted! They were walking fast, one behind the other, and I could only get to about 30 yards away. I looked at their footprints in the snow as well. I should start carrying a small camera with me next time!

  38. I saw one a few weeks ago near my home in Heath Ohio. It ran across the street as it was getting dark. It surprised me for sure! But then a week or so later, my fiancé went to the community’s office/club house to get me a coke from the pop machine. He said he heard several of them howling together and said he knew they were close because he could hear them behind him running. He stated that he grew up in Logan County in the country and has heard all the different animals but said that the howling type noise they were making was like nothing he had ever heard before. He said he was actually nervous and the hair on his arms stood up. I warned the property manager of the nearby dangers and asked that they send a news letter to warn people to keep kids inside in the evening and don’t leave pets out at night unattended. However, they didn’t take the suggestion. These wolves aren’t scared of us and are in packs, which can be dangerous!

  39. If anyone is interested, there was a really really big wolf looking animal sighted today at CVNP Virginia Kendall trail, in location where Happy Days trail meets Virginia Kendall. I did not see it but a young couple saw it just moments before meeting me on the trail. They said it was easily 80 lbs, not a dog. He said the size of it freaked him out. I understand there are coywolves in the area but I’ve never heard anyone talk of seeing them in that heavily used trail area. I took my yippy little chihuahua back on the trail in opposite direction!

  40. Clermont Ohio near owensville . Deer carcass in yard , large looking wolf type dog was evidently feeding on it . Spotted yesterday at dusk and today at 2 in the afternoon . Large grayish animal , looks like pictures of coy wolves .

  41. I saw a coywolf in a filed near Cleves, Ohio today. Definitely not a coyote. Much too big. He was very curious also. Came with 100 yards of me while I was watching him and the grass is just a few inches tall so he had no cover. Each time I would whistle he would stop and stare back. He stayed on the field for at least 15 minutes, left and came back again for another 10 minutes. At one point he actually sat down in the grass and watched me.

  42. Saw one at Cleveland Hopkins airport grounds. Officer was at site and out of his vehicle a distance away from Coywolf. This was at about 11AM on the grassy area between airport and IX Center. Saw from Berea Freeway (237).

  43. Saw 2 wolves or maybe coy wolves in a residential neighborhood off of Mt. Carmel Tabasco Rd. near Clough Pike around July 10th. I was driving and stopped to stare at them, i was thinking there is no way these are wolves, they must be some sort of huskies, but after looking at photos of coy wolves I’m positive that’s what they were.

  44. At Daniel, and ANYONE else denying this, first, check your facts. Cities are solitary and hunt alone or during pup times, they MIGHT hunt in two. Second, I lived in Yellowstone and the wolves were huge, coyotes, not so much, even smaller around here. I NOW LIVE IN PORTAGE COUNTY AND THESE THINGS ARE ALL OVER, THEY ARE NO COYOTES, THEY ARE BRAZEN, THEY EAT EVERYTHING AROUND, THEY HUNT IN PACKS ALL THE TIME. AND BTW, CHECK YOUR INFO, ON THE HUSH, BECAUSE THEY KNEW FARMERS AND HOMESTEADERS LIKE MYSELF WOULD FIGHT IT, THEY RELEASED WOLVES TO HELP WITH DEER AND ACCIDENTS. I HAVEN’T SEEN A DEER OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE PORTAGE CO IN AN ENTIRE YEAR, NOT EVEN AS ROADKILL. I HAVE LOST DINNER OF MY BELOVED ANIMALS. I HAVE SEEN GLOWING EYES, ON LEGS FAR TOO LONG TO BE COYOTES HUNTING IN A WAY THAT WOULD MAKE ANY MAN, WOMAN OR REDHEAD SHIVER IN FREIGHT. MET A MAN AT TRACTOR SUPPLY WHO KILLED A JUVENILE “COYOTE” THAT WAS WELL OVER 150, YOU GONNA TELL ME THAT’S A COYOTE? GONNA TELL MY IT’S A “RARE MIX OF LESS DANGEROUS DOG” B/C HE KILLED IT WHILE A PACK WAS GOING AFTER HIS WELL GUARDED LIVESTOCK. THEY DON’T HAVE FEAR. JUST LIKE IN YELLOWSTONE, WHERE THEY ARE SORRY THEY RELEASED THEM THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE EVEN LOWERING BEAR POPULATIONS BY AT THERE LEAST, EATING ALL THE PREY. THIS NEEDS FIXING, AND IT NEEDS IT NOW. THEY MAY BE “BEAUTIFUL CREATURES” THEY ARE, BUT THEY’RE DANGEROUS AS YOU COULD IMAGINE, NOT ONLY US WITH LIVESTOCK NEED TO WORRY. PETS. ANIMALS. MOST IMPORTANTLY CHILDREN. THESE THINGS WILL TAKE DOWN LARGE BUCKS, YOU DON’T THINK THEY’LL TAKE DOWN A PERSON? THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR EVERY MY NEIGHBOR LOST A FREAKING HORSE, A JUVENILE HORSE, BUT A HORSE!!! WHICH MEANS THEY DISTRACTED MOMMA AND THE OTHER SEVEN HORSES TO GET IT!!

    • COYOTES HUNT SOLITARY*, I’VE LIST *MANY OF MY BELOVED ANIMALS…. TOO MANY MISTAKES IN MY POST TO CORRECT. STUPID AUTO SPELLING. HOPEFULLY YOU ALL CAN FIGURE IT OUT WITH THEE SURROUNDING WORDS. BOTTOM LINE, IF MY NEIGHBOR, WHO HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND INCOME DEPENDS ON HIS HORSES, HE’S NEVER LOST ONE, AND HE LOSES ONE TO AN ATTACK THIS YEAR WITH EIGHT TOTAL, FULL LARGE HORSES THERE!?! I HOPE PPL UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS. TIME TO START PETITIONING AND EDUCATING. CAN’T DENY THE PROBLEM. I’LL SAY IT AGAIN, I’VE SEEN THE BEAUTIFUL PACKS IN YELLOWSTONE, BUT THEY WERE HUGE AND I WAS GLAD THEY WEREN’T HERE. NOW I KNOW HOW BAD IT’S GOTEN THERE SINCE I LEFT. SINCE PPL SEEN TO BE COMPLETELY UNAWARE THAT WOLVES WERE RELEASED (WOULDN’T REALLY MATTER IF THEY WEREN’T…. THE WOLVES RELEASED DURING THE CLINTON YEARS INSIDE OF YELLOWSTONE ARE NOW THROUGHOUT THE WEST, THEIR TERRITORY HUGE, THEIR BREEDING FAST, THEY HAVE NO NATURAL PREDATORS, IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER), AND PPL DON’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND COYOTES ARE SMALL, NON-AGGRESSIVE USUALLY (SCARES EASY), HUNT ALONE, AND HAVE A DISTINCT COLORING…. I’M PRETTY SURE THOSE OF US OUT HERE SEEING, HEARING, AND SEEING THE HORROR THEY LEAVE BEHIND, CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE AND KNOW THESE AREN’T SOME TIMID DOG MIX, THEY’RE FAR TOO LARGE TO BE COYOTE, TOO AGGRESSIVE, AND IN PACKS AT ALL TIMES.

  45. Ok so I live in NW OHIO….Toledo to be exact in a relatively normal CITY neighborhood……houses but up next to each other and allies line the back parts of houses between the streets. We are peppered with Feral cat colonies everywhere…we are basically a smaller version of Detroit and are approximately only 65-70 miles away. LARGE no not Large but HUGE COYOTES have been seen by not only myself but by many many neighbors trotting down our streets and allies for about the last 6 month’s now. Cats are coming up missing and even a few people have found their small dogs GONE with trails of blood leading from their fenced enclosed yards. We do ally out 2 and 2 together after we have seen these animals which are no longer just a myth here. These things have to be approximately 50-70 lbs. We do see foxes from time to time but they are definitely much much smaller at around 25-30 lbs of that and a deeper richer mahogany color which definitely is not thr color of these other much much larger canines. The neighborhood we live in is going to have a neighborhood meeting to educate residents how to keep their pets safe. This is troublesome only because they do NOT SEEM INTIMIDATED at all by humans. What advice does anyone have….we do not want to hurt or hunt them but I’m sure some lunatic residents will go to the extreme due to ignorance. We can live together right?

  46. We have a large coyote problem here in scioto county they are huge and have killed alot of peoples pets they got a couple of my cats i just shot at them last night i have 2 good watch dogs who only bark at coyotes so when they bark i know there around i hope everyone kills everyone they see

  47. We had a large one, guessing coy/wolf dart across the road on state route 88 in Mecca township next to mosquito lake in Turnbull county ohio

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