Mama Maxine eludes cemetery officials

It's been nearly a month since Maxine, the coyote, had her puppies.  

Officials are trying to catch her and the pups so they can be relocated, but it seems Mama Maxine has been a bit more shy than usual.

The Cemetery Manager says he wants what is best for the public and for the coyotes and from the looks of it, that means capturing and removing Maxine from the grounds.

Ed Rogers has been taking his daily stroll through the cemetery for around 40 years.  Along the way, he's gotten to know the famous coyote.  "Over the years, as I've seen her more and more often, she seems to become friendlier." 
 
But, when Maxine had at least three, maybe four puppies, her demeanor became more aggressive. 
For the last several weeks, cemetery leaders have been working to capture Maxine and her pups.
 
Dan Dahlkemper, Erie Cemetery Board President, says, "We're concerned about safety primarily. So, when we have this coyote here being aggressive with the kids and stuff with the pups, I think it's important that we protect the people that come into the cemetery." 
 
And while many pedestrians tell us they've have positive interactions with the coyotes, some dog owners say there's reason to be concerned. Matt Gilson, who walks his dogs in the Erie Cemetery says, "I found out about another lady who walked, like, three big dogs that [the coyotes] tried to attack her dogs, so that's when I stayed clear of up there. I just walk around the perimeter pretty much." 
 
Gilson says the coyotes approached and followed he and his dog, Blue, not once but twice.
 
The cemetery manager tells us part of the reason it's taking so long to find her, is people not cooperating. 
 
Clarke Kuebler, Erie Cemetery General Manager, tells us, "If people that really care for her would quit feeding her, she would eat out the food source here -- at least the most likelihood she would eat it out -- and move onto someplace else. That's how coyote's function."  
 
 
Kuebler also says Maxine is being very careful about where she wanders.  He says for the safety of the public and the coyotes, he asks people to give Maxine her space.
 
 
Jackie Roberts

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