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Coyotes Causing Problems in West Columbus Neighborhood

WEST COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- Neighbors are nervous about coyotes invading their neighborhood.

These people live near Wilson Road and Trabue Road in West Columbus. 

"I didn't really think much about it until I saw a lot of bunnies missing," said neighbor Jessica Rice.  "Neighbors said their cats were mutilated and then a neighbor's dog was missing."

Wildlife officials said coyotes are a problem all over Ohio, even in urban areas.

"I know it's a citywide problem," she said.  "There's a pack of them in this neighborhood."

Food is scarce for coyotes because of the recent snow according to wildlife experts.

The Department of Wildlife said it doesn't have enough people to trap every reported coyote.  There are private nuisance companies, but those can cost thousands of dollars.

"You can hunt them," Rice said.  "But (we're) under city limits so you can't shoot a firearm.  (A) bow and arrow? Really?"

Wildlife experts said it's best to not leave your pets alone outside.  If you spot a coyote, make noise or even try throwing something at it to scare it away.

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