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Residents: Coyotes Killing Animals in their Neighborhood

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. - An entire community is on alert after they fear coyotes killed a neighborhood dog.

It happened in East Madison County, where homeowners said they now fear their other animals, even their children, could fall prey to the wild dogs.

Terry Flatt said his neighbor came for help after she thought two coyotes were attacking a neighborhood poodle.

"She heard a dog screaming and hollering in the horse pasture, and she said that she saw two coyotes got ahold of it, and by the time I got out here to check it, the coyotes had already drug it back into the woods," Flatt said.

Now he is concerned for his two horses. His pasture runs right into the woods.

"There's nothing stopping them from coming into the fence," he said.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said they have not gotten any recent complaints about coyotes in West Tennessee. That does not mean they are not out there.

"I hear them a lot back there at night, you know, hollering and everything," Flatt said.

According to wildlife officials, coyotes move to find food, and when it is colder, they are more active in order to stay warm.

They target easy meals, which are usually smaller animals like mice or rabbits.

Residents with small cats, dogs and children are concerned.

"We have a lot of children in the neighborhood that play out here, and I wouldn't want the coyotes to get a hold of them," said resident Wendy Milam.

TWRA officials said coyotes are likely to leave you alone if you are outside with a small animal, but they also suggest keeping an eye on them.

Officials told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News there are regulations for how and when you can hunt coyotes. They encourage you to contact them with any questions.
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