Aggressive coyotes tormenting Austin neighborhood

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Coyote sightings happen often in Central Texas, but one Austin woman says a particular pack near her home has turned very aggressive. The hostile animals showed up in her Allandale neighborhood, in North Central Austin.

GOING IN-DEPTH // Coyote Problems
Coyotes have adapted to easily live near humans, living all across the state. So what can you do?

  • Texas Parks And Wildlife say the most obvious way to keep coyotes away is to not feed them. That includes keeping your garbage securely stored.
  • Keep your pets inside and when you take them out at night stay with them.
  • And try to minimize shrubs and trees near playgrounds and other places children play. Those plants could attract rodents which then in turn attract coyotes.
  • To scare off problematic coyotes, noise making devices can help temporarily.

“There were four coyotes that were laying in the brush right there and all four of the coyotes ran up,” said Toni Moss who was working in her yard.

She said the coyotes set their sights one of her dogs and she had no choice but to fight back.

“I picked up a rock….and I was close enough, and dropped it on the coyote,” she said.

Her neighbor Michael Aielli has lived by Shoal Creek nearly 20 years and sees coyotes almost daily. He keeps his yard trimmed so the coyotes don’t surprise him.

“If you keep it light there just less area for the coyotes to kind of hide and to ambush individuals,” Aielli said.

Coyote problems in the Austin neighborhoods isn’t new. People in West Lake Hills report regular sightings. Two years ago, a coyote mauled a cat in South Austin.

But Moss says the coyotes are becoming more aggressive and she wants the city to act.

“I would like for the city to come out, take a look at the situation, take it seriously,” she said, “and consider relocating this particular pack of coyotes.”

City officials say anyone feeling threatened by coyotes should make a report by calling 311.

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