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Coyote spotted in Spokane neighborhood

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

There have been quite a few coyote sightings recently in town. WA Fish and Wildlife says they get calls about coyotes more often than you might think especially as the temperatures drop.

“Then he goes back there and he stood right there in the patio looking for their cat. You can see his tracks all over,” says Julie Townsend.

She’s talking about a coyote she saw in the front yard of her home near St. Thomas More School. They’ve had moose, bear, and deer before.

“I guess we're even too close to nature right here. You wouldn't think so,” she says.

But the fact that it's a coyote is keeping her alert. 

“I wouldn't think they would with all the traffic and stuff I kinda feel sorry for them but they're predators so they kind of make you worry. I have a Chihuahua,” she says.

Fish and Wildlife says it's pretty typical for coyotes to come in closer to town when it gets colder. That’s because they’re looking for an easy meal - like pet food, small pets, and even garbage. So with coyotes more likely to roam our streets, Julie hopes everyone watches out for their pets.

“Especially since it's cold anyway. Just keep them on inside and be aware,” Julie says.

If you see a coyote, keep your distance. They generally stay away from people unless they feel threatened. You can also call Fish and Wildlife: 509-892-1001

Here’s more information about coyotes: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/coyotes.html

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