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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Two coyotes, one of them a nursing mother (R) walking with a limp, walk on grass at the edge of scorched earth in Griffith Park, the nation's largest urban park, after fleeing flames on May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The pups were not seen. The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Travel Town, and various other park features were threatened but did not burn in the wildfire that broke out yesterday afternoon and forced nearby residents to evacuate their homes later that night. So far the fire has consumed 840 acres of brush and is 40 percent contained by firefighters. Five fires have broken out in the park, which is mostly native chaparral habitat open space, since December including one near the landmark Hollywood sign. Los Angeles is experiencing the driest rain season since records began in 1887. Two years ago, the city had its second-wettest winter. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

You might hear them more than see them, but they’re definitely out there. Coyotes have infiltrated neighborhoods all over Charlotte and they don’t care who knows it. I hear them howling from the woods in my neighborhood frequently, and I’ve even seen them on the street a couple of times.

Once timid, Charlotte’s urban coyotes have become bolder. Many city residents have reported seeing them out in the open and that has pet owners worried. Coyotes will attack cats and smaller dogs for food. However, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission says coyotes rarely go after people. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared if you come face to face with one. Here are a few tips:

  • If you see a coyote, stand tall, make loud noises, and wave your arms to scare them away.
  • If you have a rock or stick handy, throw it towards the coyote.
  • Don’t run away. That could trigger the coyote’s instinct to chase. They love to chase. Just ask a roadrunner.

Roadrunner Cartoon

Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote chase scene.

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