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Coyote sightings spark concern in Central VA neighborhoods

Several residents in Central Virginia are concerned about coyotes. (Source: Several residents in Central Virginia are concerned about coyotes. (Source:
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Residents in seven Richmond neighborhoods are coming together Wednesday for a meeting about coyotes.

With Woodland Heights located close to the James River, residents have posted on the Nextdoor app and a community Facebook page about several coyote sightings.

Greg Montalto says his wife was shocked to see a coyote standing right outside of their fence a few weeks ago. When their four dogs started barking 
early in the morning, they knew something wasn't right.

"They were both standing there and the coyote did not stand down so finally the big brown dog kind of charged at him and the coyote ran off," Montalto explained.

Two of his dogs ended up in a stand off with the Coyote before it ran off, and he says they have seen a coyote at least two other times recently. 

"It took everybody a while, I think to really believe that there were coyotes in this area and they are a threat," said Kristy Pavlica. 

Pavlica has urban chickens and says predators are nothing new, but coyotes roaming the neighborhood have her concerned.

"We have urban chickens in this neighborhood, and lots of people have pets," said Montalto. "So when coyotes are around, people really do ban together."

Coyotes tend to be nocturnal, and while they are somewhat elusive animals, it is important to keep a close eye on pets. They are also attracted to areas where there is food, so things like garbage cans, even bird feeders could bring them right to your front or backyard.

On Wednesday, residents in Woodland Heights, Forest Hill, Manchester, Oregon Hill, Byrd Park, Carillon and Manchester will get the chance to ask questions and learn more about coyotes. There will be resources from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Richmond Animal Control and Care, and the James River Park System.

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