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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in a North Texas neighborhood are running into urban coyotes so often they are now calling for a last-minute meeting to figure out how to handle the problem.

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People who live near Skillman Street and Prospect Avenue said several coyotes have burrowed holes into the sides of an abandoned house and now live underneath the structure.

Those who live in the area said run-ins with the wild animals are almost a daily occurrence. They are now worried about the safety of their dogs and cats.

Wildlife experts said the issue is not anything new, but how people handle urban coyotes has changed. They said people now sit and take pictures or run from the animals. That makes the animals feel dominate and at home.

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Bonnie Bradshaw, a Texas Master Naturalist, urges people who spot coyotes in urban settings to clap or yell to scare off the animals if the person feels threatened.

“They want to avoid us just as much as we want to avoid them. They don’t want any contact with us. They want to stay to themselves and do their own thing just like anything else,” said Todd Hairston, a long-time resident of the area.

Bradshaw said anyone with a pet under 10 pounds should already be keeping their pet inside. There are plenty of other predators natural to the area like larger birds or bobcats that can also cause harm.

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