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Loose Coyote Cancels School Recess
HEATH (James Jackson) -- A school is taking precautions after a coyote has been spotted roaming near its playground.
The coyote was seen at Stevenson Elementary School on several occasions.
Thursday night, police searched the area looking for the animal. Officers setup traps in several places around the community.
Ed Stone lives near the school and recently put out his Halloween decorations, but he says the real scare is coming from the thought of the coyote in his neighborhood. That's why he won't let his cat, Lilly, go outside.
"The coyotes are kind of a predatory animal and they can prey on the smaller animals," Stone said.
Heath Police say the coyote has been seen wandering around Stevenson Elementary School and in surrounding neighborhoods.
"It's been enough concern that the school has actually not allowed children to go outside due to the possibility of aggression on the coyote's part," Sgt. Norman Ream said.
But, in most cases, Sgt. Ream says, coyote's avoid people, however, this particular one is bold because its been on school grounds and they say it does present a risk. Officers want people who live there to take their advice.
"Don't approach it. The odds are that it won't act aggressively towards you. If you have small animals, keep track of them because they are known to kill small dogs and cats," Sgt. Ream said.
Keeping Lilly close is Ed Stone's priority, until police catch the curious, roaming critter.
If you see the animal, you're asked to give Heath Police a call at (740) 522-2141.