Coyotes taking family animals, farmers’ products

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He didn’t have time to grab one of his guns, so he ran into his backyard with a giant meat cleaver.

Ken Hansen was trying to save his 5-year-old dog Audie, who was being attacked by two coyotes in the backyard of his Center Grove area home. Hansen’s voice was enough to scare the coyotes away, but Audie still suffered more than 75 bite marks that required 16 stitches.

More than 225 coyote attacks and sightings have been reported in and around Greenwood since October 2012, according to data on the city police department’s website. In the last two years, residents have had run-ins with the wild dogs in suburban subdivisions and rural acreage. What used to be an occasional problem for those living in remote areas, has become more frequent for people in both neighborhoods and rural areas of Johnson County.

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