Hear ye, hear ye: A coyote makes a statement in Maplewood.
The City of Maplewood is warning its residents of a recent coyote sighting.
Rachelle L'Ecuyer, community development director for the mid-county suburb, put out a media alert on the critter this afternoon. L'Ecuyer tells Daily RFT
that the animal was spied in the 7200 block of Rule Avenue, near the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
L'Ecuyer assures us that the animal spotted Saturday night is real -- unlike the "cougars" who used to hang out at the former Jive & Wail
in Maplewood. Now L'Ecuyer is directing alarmed residents to the website of the Missouri Department of Conservation that gives pointers on dealing with coyotes
"Coyotes are scavengers, so people shouldn't leave food out for their pets. Or leave their pets outside or their small children," L'Ecuyer warns. "The conservation department also suggests that you can harass or chase the coyotes away."
Follow that advice at your own risk.