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Coyote pack in Paradise Valley has residents wary

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PARADISE VALLEY, AZ (CBS5) -

Residents in one Paradise valley neighborhood are coping with some unwanted guests.

A pack of coyotes has taken up residence in a wash between golf course and neighborhood in the area of 52nd Street and Shea Boulevard.

Dead animals have been found nearby, raising concerns for pet owners and area residents.

Coyotes have lured free-roaming dogs away from their owners to attack, and bold coyotes may attack small dogs on retractable leashes, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.

Lonewolf Wildlife & Pest Specialists said it successfully trapped one of the coyotes Wednesday morning.

Residents are becoming more concerned now that the wild animals are breeding and producing pups behind their homes. A litter of four or five pups is common.

Game and Fish experts said residents confronting a coyote and feeling threatened should:

  • Make loud noises.
  • Shout and bang pots and pans or rattle empty soda cans with pebbles in it (coyote shaker).
  • Wave your hands or objects like sticks and brooms.
  • Throw small stones or cans.
  • Spray the coyote with a hose.
  • Use a commercial repellent like Mace, if necessary, on bold animals that refuse to leave.

Homeowners can trap and relocate coyotes, but must contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department for an appropriate release location before transporting the animal.

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