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Coyotes blamed for killing 27 chickens at Cincinnati urban farm

CINCINNATI (WCMH) -- Hungry coyotes are blamed for what some call a chicken massacre in Ohio.

The canines apparently broke into an urban chicken farm owned by a church in Cincinnati on Thursday night. 

Pastor Damon Lynch III said 27 chickens were killed overnight. Some of them have been on this piece of land at New Prospect Baptist Church for 5 years.

"It was like a massacre that happened here at some point last night."

Pastor Lynch says coyotes could have been a problem in the past. Earlier, he said, he thought raccoons could possibly be responsible for the attack.

WCPO TV crews saw a coyote paw print on the farm.

"We know we have coyotes on the property," Lynch said. "We trapped three. We had a trapper trap three of them for us."

Lynch said the chickens provide fresh eggs for members of the church and community. The recent killings will now reduce production, at least for now. 

"The members love the eggs," he said. "They for some reason think these eggs taste better than anything that is in Kroger. So they purchase eggs every single day."

A source of fresh food isn't the only loss. Pastor Lynch says kids who live in the city get a different learning experience at the farm.

"The kids love it. Kids come to church on Sunday really sometimes just to see the chickens."

Pastor Lynch says the church will focus on protecting its surviving baby chickens, and will rebuild the farm. 


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