Aggressive Coyotes Concern Indiana State Park
Indiana state park officials are advising visitors to Prophetstown State Park near Lafayette to proceed with caution after receiving reports of aggressive coyotes in the park.
Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources for DNR State Parks & Reservoirs, said reports of individual coyotes behaving aggressively towards some guests and their pets began rolling in within the last month, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported.
Mycroft said there have been no reported injuries or attacks, but some coyotes in the area are moving closer to guests than normal.
“We’re entertaining the idea of using traps to take care of the problematic individuals,” he said. “Ordinarily when we take that kind of approach, we put up a sign asking visitors to please abide by all rules stay on marked trials.
“Coyotes have a natural fear of people, but sometimes they’ll overcome that fear as they become more comfortable with people and people become more comfortable with them.”
As officials monitor coyotes in the area, Mycroft said the park should remain open to all guests.
Last weekend, a portion of the park was temporarily closed to the public as state conservation officers investigated reports of aggressive coyotes.
Mycroft said the DNR investigation ended without incident, and as of Wednesday, no coyotes have been trapped or killed.
“We’ve been monitoring things closely and listening to reports,” Mycroft said. “We’re just asking people to abide by the rules and keep your eyes and ears open.”