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Coyote attacks reported in Decatur

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Decatur Animal Services has received five reports of pets being attacked in the past three weeks. Decatur Animal Services has received five reports of pets being attacked in the past three weeks.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Coyotes are again prowling neighborhoods in Decatur.

Decatur Animal Services has received five reports of pets being attacked in the past three weeks. Animal Control Officer Miles Naylor said the number is not unusual for this time of year, and that he does not think there will be as many attacks as there were in 2011.

Roughly 50 pets were reported to be attacked by coyotes that year. Naylor said he believes more coyotes migrated to Decatur from storm damaged areas following the April 27th tornado outbreak in 2011.

He said he is setting traps in the southwest part of the city, where most of these attacks have been reported in recent years. He added coyote attacks mostly occur between the middle of summer through the end of fall when female coyotes wean their pups.

Naylor said it's important for pet owners to protect their pets, especially the smaller ones, and especially at night when coyotes typically go on the prowl for food.

"The most important thing is to bring them in because smaller pets are going to attract coyotes. The smaller pets, you want to bring them inside to a safe place, or crate them in the garage. But make sure it's safe for the pets first and foremost because small pets are prey to the coyotes," Naylor said.

Residents can learn more about protecting pets against coyote attacks at an educational session at Decatur Animal Services. It is called "Living with Wildlife" and will be held on June 13th. The session starts at 6:30 p.m., and is free of charge. Donations will be accepted to help fund the shelter. They will also talk about how to recognize and report animal cruelty.

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