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Decatur family's dog attacked by a coyote on security camera

Animal experts warn pet owners that a rising number of coyotes are invading neighborhoods. Animal experts warn pet owners that a rising number of coyotes are invading neighborhoods.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Video showed a coyote attacking and killing a Decatur family's dog last week.

The coyote is seen on the security camera lurking in the distance and then charging at the small dog on the porch.

Decatur Animal Services office Miles Naylor said there have been a rise in coyote attacks and sightings primarily in the western part of the city.

"Six foot privacy fences are not going to keep a coyote out. The coyote will jump the fence, and a small dog is in more danger than a larger dog. So, people need to be careful and pay attention to what's going on in their neighborhood. If they see a coyote, they need to precautions to protect their pet," Naylor said.

He added there is only so much animal control can do to protect pets that pet owners have to take measures to keep their dogs and cats safe.

"The coyote, they will know if your pets out there. If they're in the neighborhood, they're going to keep coming around and one night, they're going to come in and going to take your pet. That's why I really encourage people to bring their pets in at night," Naylor said.

Naylor said coyotes are most active around sunrise or sundown, but will come out any time there's a chance to get food. He advised to keep garbage cans closed to lessen the chances a coyote will approach a home.

Decatur Animal Services will hold several educational sessions with the public about how to live with wildlife. They will be held on May 31, June 7, June 14 and June 21. All classes will begin at 6 p.m. at the shelter at 300 Beltline Road. For more information, call (256) 341-4790.

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