Dogs being killed as St. Louis coyotes expand hunt

4 months 3 days 9 hours ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:37:36 AM CST January 20, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Coyote sightings are becoming more frequent in the St. Louis area, and some are strolling down neighborhood streets and attacking area pets.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis police tweeted last month that four coyotes were spotted near Willmore Park near the River Des Peres. Police are urging people not to approach or feed coyotes, with the caveat that there's no need to dial 911 for sightings of coyotes or any other wildlife.

Area biologists say coyotes' water resources are frozen and food is scarce in the winter, so the animals are likely in a stage of the season where they're hungry and out looking for food.

Biologists said dogs are also targets of hunting coyotes, and people shouldn't leave their pets unattended outside.

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