ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Following up on a story we brought you earlier this year on KMOX, what ever became of the Tower Grove Park coyote?
“There was, at first, a little apprehension,” says Tower Grove Parks Director John Karel. But the animal, which inspired a Facebook page with hundreds of followers, and prompted dog owners to obey leash laws, hasn’t been seen since spring.
“Since there’s not really room in the park for a family of coyotes, I think he eventually wanted to have company,” Karel explains. “That’s why he probably found his way back out into the wild.”
Nor was the coyote likely trapped. While the Missouri Department of Conservation gets dozens of calls every year from people concerned about coyotes, officials say they there’s no record of state animal control officers removing the one in Tower Grove.
Karel says the coyote may have exited by the same route he took into the park: the train tracks just to the south. The cleared terrain there is a perfect pathway for the pack animal. Coyotes are found all over Missouri and in all types of habitat from the Ozark forests to the northern crop fields and the southeast lowlands to populated subdivisions of major metropolitan areas. Contrary to popular belief, DNR officials say coyotes are not necessarily being displaced due to urban development and in many instances it is the development itself that attracts the animal.
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