WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Kansas Wildlife and Parks are warning Kansans that coyotes are being found more and more in towns this year.

The department says it is due mostly to the extreme drought we are experiencing, as they are coming to town looking for water and food.

"If you spot a coyote in your neighborhood, keep calm: Most coyotes avoid people," the department said in its Facebook post. "Seeing a coyote out during the day is not a cause for alarm, most times they are moving to a new area or looking for a place to rest. Coyotes are usually fearful of people."

If a coyote displays no fear of people, he’s probably been fed and to not approach them. You can reinstall its fear by raising your arms and yelling to drive him away.
 
They also offered two simple steps to keep your pets safe: 
 
  • Watch your pets. Keep cats indoors, and never leave small dogs outside unsupervised or let any dog out of your yard off-leash.
  • Secure food and water sources for both domestic animals and wildlife. Feed and water pets indoors. Keep garbage secure and picked up.
If coyotes in town continue to be a problem or pose a threat, you can contact your nearest Kansas Wildlife and Parks office.