The Plainfield Police Department has received numerous calls about the influx of coyotes in suburban areas of the town.
Due to the extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall, the animals have begun to migrate into the area for food scavenging. Officers have spoken with officials at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Hendricks County Animal Control about the situation.
The department is suggesting that people with small dogs check the area before letting the animals outside. Officials are also encouraging residents to avoid feeding the coyotes or leaving a food source outside.
There have been no documented cases of a coyote attacking a house pet or person in Plainfield. DNR officials have assured the department that the animals do not typically engage humans or large house pets.
Residents who see a coyote or any other wild animal on their property and are concerned that it is sick and/or diseased, are asked to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 839-8700.
For more information on coyotes, visit the website at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5688.htm.