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Dog Attacked, Owner Blames Coyote Problem

Last updated on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(JOHNSON COUNTY) - At least one homeowner in the small town of Prince’s Lakes says coyotes are becoming an all too common sight.

Brooke Martin of WISH TV8 reports that Danielle Johnson says her dog was attacked Monday night and now she's making it her mission to get the growing population under control.

When Danielle Johnson let in her dogs from her fenced-in backyard Sunday, the sight of Wyatt, her Red Heeler, scared her.

Wyatt was covered in blood and had been attacked and Danielle says it didn't take long for her know what did it.

She says it was one of the many coyotes that she says are a common sight in her town of Prince's Lakes. She says her vet confirmed it reporting he had numerous cases from Nineveh.

Prince's Lakes Marshal, Greg Southers says he has received eight to ten reports of missing cats in the past few months but says, other than that, he hasn't received enough complaints to warrant any action.

It hasn't stopped Danielle from trying. In the last two years she's made calls to the Marshal's office, the Town Board and the Department of Natural Resources. Each time, she says she's been told there's no officer on duty, or they don't see it as a problem, or that she lives in the country. What does she expect?

Johnson says she does live in the country but I live within town limits. She has a fenced-in back yard and the coyotes should not be coming into her back yard, climbing a fence, to eat her dog. She is hoping that it doesn't take somebody's dog to die or somebody's kid to get hurt for officials to realize this is an issue and somebody needs to do something.

Marshal Southers said that if anyone else is concerned with the coyote issue, to call his office and something will be done if enough people are worried.

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