MENTOR, Ohio - Mentor, known for its overpopulation of deer, may have a new critter to contend with.
Residents in the Jasani Court area have noticed a coyote visiting the neighborhood. It was seen walking down the street and through backyards.
Michelle Toth took several photos of the unwanted visitor in her backyard Tuesday morning.
"This morning around 9:15 my neighbor called and said there's a coyote running through the neighborhood so I grabbed my camera went out on my deck and sure enough a couple of seconds later a coyote went running through our back yard he looked very scared, it was very sad. I'm concerned for the children because my children are outside all the time," Toth said.
Coyotes are carnivores whose populations are on the rise in urban areas. They are in all 88 counties of Ohio and all 50 States. They are attracted to small pets, but mainly eat rodents and rabbits.
Coyotes are generally timid and runway when challenged.
You can download a fact sheet on urban coyotes here: http://bit.ly/13lfIZt