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The Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, Game Wardens and City Animal Control Officers all throughout the Lone Star State are advising Texans to be aware that coyote sightings inside city limits and residential neighborhoods are on the rise.

That said, all the officials agree that coyotes are wild and not cute, furry, lovable pets like your dog. Furthermore, all the TPW and Animal Shelter officials I spoke with, strongly agree that you should not feed them nor try to pet them.

Dallas, Texas authorities recently reported that a coyote dragged a 2-year-old boy off of the front porch where the child was playing and all of a sudden was attacked earlier this month. City animal control officers, game wardens, and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are reporting that coyote sightings inside the city limits in residential neighborhoods are on the rise.

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The boy that was mauled by the coyote sustained injuries and was sent to the hospital where doctors described him as being in critical condition. According to the latest reports, the child made it out of surgery and is now in stable condition but with severe facial lacerations.

This latest attack is one of many being reported throughout the state lately. Officials across Texas recommend that you stay away from coyotes and protect yourself, your children, and your pets. Then report it to authorities right away.

The Urban Coyote Research Project experts say that unintentional feeding of coyotes includes leaving the trash out overnight where coyotes can access it, and feeding outdoor cats or dogs. Dallas City officials said that many of the neighbors were feeding and trying to "bond" with the wild coyote.

So be aware that these dangerous critters may be roaming in your neighborhood, and if you see one try to avoid it like the plague and call the authorities right away. Here are the six steps that the Urban Coyote Research Project recommends for avoiding the wild coyotes:

  1. Do not feed any coyotes
  2. Do not let pets run loose
  3. Do not run from a coyote
  4. Repellents or fencing may help
  5. Do not create conflict with a coyote
  6. Report aggressive, and or fearless coyotes immediately

Sources: Texas Parks and Wildlife, MeatEater & Urban Coyote Research

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