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Why is wildlife headed into the city?

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Faye Tutwiler says her dog was attacked by a coyote Friday morning while she was working in her garden. Faye Tutwiler says her dog was attacked by a coyote Friday morning while she was working in her garden.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says the reason that so many wild animals are headed into neighborhoods is the "extreme weather." They say the heat is driving wild animals like moose, bears, and coyotes into the more heavily populated areas in search of water.

Faye Tutwiler says her dog was attacked by a coyote Friday morning while she was working in her garden. She says she saw the coyote beginning to prey on her four-year-old Shihtzu, and she ran up to save her dog. Fortunately, her dog Candy should be okay, but she is at the vet.

"She's my baby," Tutwiler said. "She's all I have at home now because my husband's gone. She takes care of me and I take care of her."

Fish and Wildlife says if you see a wild animal, the most important thing to do is stay away. Keep your pets, especially dogs, away from the animals. Call Fish and Wildlife and let them know where the animal is, so they can safely get them back to nature. They say one mistake many people make is picking up baby animals, like bear cubs. Stay away from the baby animals, because they always have a protective mother nearby.

Fish and Wildlife can be reached by phone at (509) 892-1001.

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