“They said they typically don’t handle the coyotes,” McChesney said. “And I said, ‘OK. Well, what am I supposed to do?’ And they said, ‘Can you just shoo it outside?’ I said, ‘Sure, but he’s in the neighborhood. He’s going to get hit by a car or go into someone else’s house. This is not a coyote area. This will just be someone else’s problem.’”
The WDFW official even suggested that McChesney shoot the coyote, but McChesney balked at the thought.
“That wasn’t even close to an option,” McChesney said. “I wouldn’t even consider that.”
With the help of the Kennewick Police Department, McChesney finally got in touch with Don Caraway, a state-authorized wildlife control officer, who arrived at McChesney’s home with a metal cage.