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Coyote Spotted Trotting Around Town

Guard your small pets, folks. This coyote is brazen enough to trot right down the street—perhaps yours—in the middle of the day.

Photo Courtesy of H-F Patch Facebook fan Penny Shnay
Photo Courtesy of H-F Patch Facebook fan Penny Shnay
Have you see this coyote? He was recently spotted near Poplar and 183rd, trotting down the street in what appears to be broad daylight Wednesday. 

A reader spotted the coyote around 2 p.m., and again in the evening. 

Have you encountered coyotes in town? Tell us where.
Joe Rosenthal January 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM
The photographer is Penny Shnay.
Lauren Traut (Editor) January 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Got it! Thanks, Joe!
Lizzy Knows January 30, 2014 at 01:00 PM
We see them trotting all over our neighborhood behind Dairy queen a lot . Only at night.
Dianne Cobban January 30, 2014 at 07:30 PM
This hard winter with all of the snow is hard on all of the wildlife.
Lynn January 31, 2014 at 08:17 AM
SO?? WE are after all taking over their Territory. It has been a Harsh Winter for Wildlife too. THEY too have to do what they can to survive and are entitled to do so. However THEY do not know your Pet is a PET to them it is just prey. YOU know your pet is a PET. Use common sense - stay with or closely monitor your pet when outdoors TRY not to have them out at the most likely time that the Coyotes will be out and about-- it can be anytime of day but there are times that they are more likely to be. It is up to YOU to protect your Pet. Coyotes are basically shy and seldom if ever will attack a Human . But like anything else they will be bolder & more aggressive as they too try to survive --. They have a right to life too. Dogs should not be out for length periods in these Weather Conditions and Cat should NEVER be "outdoor" Cats. And yes, I have both.
Lizzy Knows January 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM
I don't think anyone is trying to say anything negative about the coyotes or that they shouldn't be around or the "territory". I think this post is trying to give people a heads up on where they were spotted so that you can keep an extra eye out for your pets. I do notice that people are quick to lecture and be combative on here. Everyone understands that wild animals will be around, no one is saying get rid of them. Just be mindful and watch your pets. I personally go on here for updates like this so I can be aware of what is going on, not to hear a lecture on how to protect our pets and that coyotes are wild animals who belong here. But to each their own and lecture on, I guess.
Keli January 31, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Calling a coyote 'brazen' for being out during the day does not give readers the correct understanding of coyote behavior. Despite what we like to believe; coyotes are not naturally nocturnal but have become more night dwellers to avoid people. Seeing a coyote out during the day is no cause for alarm and does not mean it is sick or has rabies. I understand that no everyone has a great interest in learning about wildlife. However, we kill millions of wild animals every year in this country due to our ignorance of nature and the irrational fears we harbor towards wildlife. So, it would be great if we could learn even the bare minimum about the wild animals we find living among us.

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