St. Louis, Missouri 2021-02-23 06:00:00 –
(KMOV.com)-More coyotes have been found in the St. Louis region. Local animal experts predict that this trend will continue as coyotes populations doubled last year and there are no major predators.
Just last month, about 10 coyotes were captured outside Janet Freeman’s Fairview Heights home.
“I’m afraid of pets and I’m afraid I’m stalking my neighborhood, especially … I have small children in the area,” says Freeman.
The number of coyotes she sees isn’t that great, but what she’s worried about is how close they are to her home.
“They seem to be bold, they don’t care if you don’t see them,” Freeman said.
Freeman called the Wild Life Command Center. The owner, Michael Belan, said the coyote was also looking for food due to the low temperatures during the coyote mating season.
“They chase stray cats, chase little raccoons, chase little dogs. When I say little dogs, I mean less than £ 35,” Belan said.
His company responded to about 28 coyote calls in 2020. Wildlife Command has responded to more than 28 coyote calls in January of this year alone. His crew trapped eight people near his home in East St. Louis. A man in Maryland Heights shared a video on social media after Coyote said he had defeated a deer in his girlfriend’s backyard.
“Although the animal population isn’t growing more than usual, many people are looking at animals more often because they have more eyes and are at home,” says Belan.
Rarely, a coyote broke into a woman’s basement in West County in January 2020 after fighting with her neighbor’s dog.
A woman in the town and county was shocked to find a coyote hiding in the basement after fighting with her neighbor’s dog.
“I’m watching my surroundings. When I’m walking cats in our house, I’m watching them,” says Freeman.
Belan also warns about leaving food for dogs and cats outside as it can attract coyotes.
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