Coyotes venture into OKC neighborhoods

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Cathy Buchanan is worried about the two coyotes she saw days ago in a field by her house near 10th and Council in Oklahoma City. “There are a lot of small kids who lives in the area,” says Buchanan.

Buchanan says children play in the yard and domestic pets rome free- and the thought of coyotes creeping closer has her fearing an attack.

“I have three cats that love to play outside and I worry the coyotes will get the kids or pets.”

Wildlife conservation supervisor Micah Holmes says there is no need for panic. “Coyotes don’t want to be around people so there is nothing to be worried about.”

Holmes says when coyotes lurk in fields even when its close to residential areas, they are likely enticed by food and don’t want to hurt people.

“If people leave feed outside or have lots of brush piles with mice and rats and things like that coyotes are going to come around. If you remove those food sources you’re going to lessen the chances of coyotes wanting to come around,” says Buchanan.

Although wildlife officials say there is no need for panic, you can report sightings coyote packs to authorities.

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