Though not native to Ohio, coyotes now are present throughout the state, thriving in dense forests, open fields and even suburban backyards. Many view them as pests, but they're amazing animals that have been revered for centuries for their intelligence, resilience and cunning.

Though not native to Ohio, coyotes now are present throughout the state, thriving in dense forests, open fields and even suburban backyards. Many view them as pests, but they're amazing animals that have been revered for centuries for their intelligence, resilience and cunning.

To learn more about them, join the Coyote Prowl hike Saturday at Slate Run Metro Park. At dusk, you'll listen for the canine's trademark howl and try to spot one along the 1.5-mile trail. Meet at the Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. Wear warm clothing and sturdy, comfortable shoes.