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Decatur authorities warn pet owners about coyote attacks

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Officials say coyote like this has been killing small animals in Decatur. Officials say coyote like this has been killing small animals in Decatur.
Hercules was believed to be killed by a coyote. Hercules was believed to be killed by a coyote.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur authorities warned pet owners about coyote attacks in the area.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Decatur Animal Services Director Carol Wicks said coyote attacks on pets and other animals are up. They said they believe it is one coyote possibly getting food for its family.

Attacks have been reported in an area that includes Way Thru the Woods, Cleveland Street, Sweetbriar, Edgewood and Wilson-Morgan Park.    

Officials said they are working to trap the coyote before it kills any more animals.

A coyote reportedly attacked Mark Arnold's family pet, Hercules. Hercules the miniature Doberman was killed on Cleveland Street.

Wicks suggested that pet owners not leave animals outside unattended.

Things animal services said to do to protect your property and pets from coyotes:

  • Take down bird feeders, they attract mice, squirrels and other prey that lures in a coyotes
  • Do not feed feral cats they'll stick around, a fast food source for coyotes
  • Keep the grass cut low
  • Get your pets vaccinated, coyotes can carry diseases that can be passed along
  • Pass along any coyote sighting to animal services or police    

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