Coyote concerns keep Ft. Worth neighbors on edge

A north Fort Worth neighborhood is worried about coyotes becoming more aggressive.

Residents say there have always been coyotes on the area, but not ones that aggressively charge and on some occasions, attack.

Video of a coyote charging at a north Fort Worth resident out for a jog seems to be raising the coyote problem to a whole new level.

"That's what really sparked us to say ‘Wow,' because that's the first time that we had ever seen that," said Barry Alexander with Fort Worth Animal Control.

Animal Control now has extra units in a handful of neighborhoods near Golden Triangle Boulevard and Beach Street searching for the coyote in that video.

It's estimated there may be as many as a dozen of the wild animals in the area, but likely only one or two that are aggressive.

The coyote sightings have become so frequent, residents set up a Facebook page to document what they've seen and post pictures.

Encounters ranged from just seeing a coyote to having one attack a pet.

Biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say encounters with wildlife are to be expected with all the rain North Texas has gotten.

Animal Control says it's possible the heavy rains may have pushed coyotes' food source to higher ground.

"The rain, the flooding would push coyotes into more dry areas, but the coyote problems that we're experiencing are problems that we've heard about and we've been dealing with over the last few months," said Alexander.

The aggressiveness of the animals seems to suggest they've either got a litter of pups they're trying to protect, or they've just grown too familiar with people over the years.


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