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Wild Coyote Spotted in Chesterfield Neighborhood

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

There's a coyote population boom in Chesterfield and they could be roaming around your neighborhood. Jamie Williams says she's never seen a wild coyote let alone in her own back yard.

Friday morning was a first when the animal threatened her small dog. She wants everyone living in the Smoketree South neighborhood to be on high alert.

"The coyote wasn't scared of me, you know. I'm sure it wouldn't be scared of children and it could go after them and attack a small child,"Williams said

Williams says the Coyote came out of these woods, her dog started barking that's when she yelled at the coyote to try and get it to go away.

"It just kind of looked over at me and wasn't phased at all by my yelling at it and then it just slowly walked up towards my fence," Williams said.

That's when Williams grabbed her dog and took it inside of her house. We took Jamie's concerns to Jeffrey Trollinger with the Virginia Department of game and Inland Fisheries.

Trollinger says its impossible to control this population problem with wild coyotes throughout the state but there are things you can do to make sure your family and valuables remain safe.

"Pick up the pet food, pick up your trash and make sure there are no food sources around your property. If you do have small pets you need to make sure you are out there with them, don't leave them unattended," Trollinger said.

Wild-life officials also tell us that coyotes are a nuisance species which means they can be hunted at any time throughout the year except on Sundays.

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