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PD: Residents advised as coyotes move into populated areas

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PEORIA, Ariz. -

People living in a Peoria neighborhood are looking out for coyotes after several were spotted wandering near homes, schools and parks.

Police got three 911 calls from people in the area of 71st Ave and Peoria on Wednesday. That's right across the street from an elementary school.

"911 emergency."

Caller: "We're just driving the kids to school this morning and there's a coyote running around here close to the school… just running all over kinda crazy kinda lost, excited."

Caller: "I swear to you there was a coyote and it was running down 71st Ave, oh wait a minute, it just went by me!"

According to Peoria police, "This time of year often causes young coyotes to wander into populated areas as they become old enough to leave their family den. However, these newly independent coyotes are not always sure where to go as they search of food, water, and shelter. "

The animals typically don't pose a hazard -- unless someone tries to feed, approach or catch one.

Animal Control advises citizens to make their homes less appealing to wildlife by eliminating or restricting access to items that would lure them in, such as food, water and shelter.

Peoria police say if you see a coyote near your home, don't ignore it. This may cause it to lose its natural fear of people, which can eventually lead to aggressive behavior. Try to scare away the animal using the following tips:

  • Make loud noises. 
  • Shout and bang pots and pans or rattle empty soda cans with pebbles in it .
  • Wave your hands or objects like sticks and brooms. 
  • Throw small stones or cans toward, but not directly at the animal. 
  • Spray the coyote with a hose. 
  • Use a commercial repellent like Mace, if necessary, on bold animals that refuse to leave.

Video: FOX 10's Kelly Hessedal reports.

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