With coyote on the loose in Radnor, police urge caution with pets

Tim Jimenez
March 20, 2019 - 10:07 am
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RADNOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A coyote was spotted Tuesday on the Main Line, and authorities are warning people in the area to be extra vigilant over their pets.

Radnor Township police said anyone who happens to see or come across a coyote should give them a call so they can check it out.

They received a call Tuesday afternoon from someone who lives in the area of Abrahams Lane and Church Road, where the coyote was spotted in the caller's backyard.

Police saw it, as did Animal Control Officer Bill Gallagher.

"It was a coyote, there’s no question about it," he said. The coyote ran off and hasn’t been seen since. 

Gallagher said people who live near where the animal was spotted should stick close to their pets when outside. 

"It will go after small dogs. It will go after cats, feral cats. And in those kinds of neighborhoods, I would strongly suggest that if you’re letting the dog out, you go out with it," he explained.

Coyotes mainly do their traveling at night, he noted, but there's no need to worry about a coyote attacking people.

"They’re probably more afraid of people than people are of them," Gallagher added. "They definitely don’t want to mix with the people."

It does, however, seem to mix on social media. An anonymous user created a Twitter account as @RadnorCoyote, playing coy with its whereabouts.