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Brave coyote worrying South Hill residents

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Residents in the Glenn Rose neighborhood on the South Hill have been concerned lately about a coyote bold enough to come down from a nearby wooded area and into a group of homes around dusk and dawn.

KHQ found tracks in the snow between several of the homes. They could be from a dog but it would have to be one without an owner, not attached to a leash, as there were no human prints following behind.

Resident Sandy Alto keeps a close eye on her dog Duncan, even when she is walking him. "You turn around and see him standing there. He'll stop if you stop and turn around, but once you start walking again he's there, enough behind, but he's there. We're just worried if our dog gets loose then the dog's gone."

The problem is so apparent the neighborhood association has posted signs warning residents not to leave pet food outside that might attract the coyote.

That is just one of the things the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife says to do to keep the animals away. If you come in contact with a coyote, they recommend picking up any small children or animals, making yourself appear larger and waving your arms around. Also make loud noises that will usually scare away the coyote. If you have a small animal like a cat keep it inside at all times.

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