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Police give tips for possible coyote sightings

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
Cedar Rapids Police say that during the hot summer months it can be normal to see coyotes and coyote pups, so they're giving some tips about what to do if you see the animals.
They say make sure to relax, as coyotes typically avoid people. If a coyote doesn't run away, it's likely it's become accustomed to people. It's also possible that those coyotes have been fed by people. Animal control agents say to re-instill fear in the animals, you can do this by "hazing" and raising your arms and yelling to drive the animal away.
Make sure to keep cats indoors, and never leave small dogs unsupervised, or let them out of your yard or off the leash.
Be sure to store garbage in wildlife-proof containers, and feed your pets inside to keep coyotes, and other un-welcomed animals, from foraging for food.
If you're concerned about an animal, and hazing doesn't work, call the Department of Natural Resources at (319) 350-2863.
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