A Greenwood resident recently swung a baseball bat to fend off a coyote, police said, and defending your pets with whatever bludgeon is closest at hand might be the only way to keep them from being devoured by the wild predators.
City officials are warning there might be little they can do to help residents.
Greenwood is looking into hiring trappers after a dozen pets have recently been killed or reported missing, and police are researching what other Indiana cities have done. Trappers and a coyote preservationist group will both make pitches to the Greenwood City Council at its next meeting in November.
Residents having been flooding council members with calls and emails about the coyotes, council member Mike Campbell said. They’re been upset with recommendations they consider impractical, such as as they don’t leave their pets unattended in their own backyards or build tall privacy fences that most homeowners associations wouldn’t allow.
But Greenwood officials warn residents that city government might not be able to protect their small pets from coyote attacks.
See Wednesday's Daily Journal for the full story.