Coyotes living near I-65 relocated after a county employee encounters one of the animals
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Warren County parks have had to relocate a group of coyotes after one employee was mowing the grass and stumbled upon an unhappy coyote.
You may hear howling or see what looks like a skinny little German Shepherd scavenging at night. But you shouldn’t approach it.
Usually, coyotes try to stay away from humans.
Several weeks ago, the Warren County 65 Beautification team was mowing along the I-65 interchange with Scottsville Road, when Chase Watson, the manager of Beautifi-65, met one head to head.
“It was probably 20 yards from me, and it looked like a big dog. So, I got on the mower and as I got closer to it, I realized it was a coyote. Well at first it just laid down and I was just going to try to mow around it, but as I got closer to it, it started coming toward me. So that’s when I realized, ‘Hey. I need to go the other way.’ So, I got back in the truck and that’s when I called my director and let him know what was going on,” said Watson.
With ever expanding Warren County development, coyotes are being force out of their habitats and are adjusting to civilization.
“Even a couple months back, where we were mowing was wooded area and it was grown up. So, this was their home originally and we’ve come in and we started doing different types of work. So, it’s kind of messed with them and they kind of didn’t know what was going on either,” said Watson.
Chris Kummer, the director of Warren County Parks and Recreation, says parks and other outdoor areas are the home for many creatures in the wild, but finding something as large as a coyote living so close to a highway was out of the ordinary.
“We do run into wildlife issues every once in a while in the parks and in properties that we maintain. It’s mainly snakes and it’s mainly other things like that but coyotes was a first for us. But I think they were living, or we suspect that they were living, in some of the drainage pipes underneath those ramp areas at Exit 22 and so we’ve been able to go in there and relocate them,” said Kummer.
Some animal experts say trapping and relocating animals is very traumatic and even life-threatening for the creature and say they are concerned for the safety of the coyotes that were moved.
They also expressed concern about coyote pups having been left behind to fend for themselves.
The wildlife relocation team told WNKY the animals were relocated to a large farm off of U.S. 31-W in Warren County.