DALLAS (CBS11) – Coyote sightings are on the rise in North Texas, due to the current breeding season.READ MORE: Boston Man Sentenced For Bringing Women To North Texas To Work In Sex Trade
“You’re just horrified,” said East Dallas homeowner Kim Young.
Young made a gruesome discovery two weeks ago in her backyard.
“It was the remainder of a cat. It was a hind leg and a tail,” she said.
The likely culprit, neighbors told her, was one of the coyotes making themselves at home in their neighborhood.
“We’ve had people take pictures of them up on their porches,” she said.READ MORE: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Now Available To Older And At-Risk Americans
911 Wildlife’s Marcus Stephens says people often take the wrong approach.
“They pull out their cell phone and take pictures,” he said.
Stephens teaches them to haze the animals instead.
“You need to scream and yell at them. You need to bang pots and pans. Get a water gun, squirt them with a water gun,” Stephens suggests.
Make them uncomfortable and they’ll usually leave, he tells people.
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Stephens also suggests removing any food sources that could be attracting them – cat food, dog food, birdseed or unsecured garbage.