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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Some Wichita residents are keeping a closer eye on their pets after a pack of coyotes attacked and killed a small dog.
It happened at a home near 159th Street East and 21st Street North. Neighbors say one of the homeowners let their little Yorkie out, and then the dog was snatched up by a pack of coyotes.
"I saw a pack of five of them about a month ago; they were so close you could throw a rock at them," said William Block, a neighbor.
Block is now keeping a close eye on his dog.
"We have eagles and hawks. It's best to pay attention,” he said. “I won't take her out without a leash."
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says it’s not unusual to see coyotes roaming in town, especially near new subdivisions on the outskirts.
"Coyotes are opportunistic,” said Marc Murrell of the wildlife and parks department. “They are going to look for food whether it's a rabbit, a mouse. They eat dead things live things. A dog that size looks like the size of a rabbit."
Block says he and his dog-owning neighbors will take no chances.
"She's very small,” he said. “She's fat and would make a good meal. She's old and decrepit; she couldn't run away fast enough to get away. She wouldn't stand a chance."
The wildlife and parks department says the drought has brought coyotes closer to town over the last few years. But it’s rare for one to attack a dog. Marc Murrell says the animals are deathly afraid of humans, but keep your dogs and cats close.