Jack Dailey Elementary was locked down as police looked for the animal. (Justin Grant/FOX5)
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Metro officers Tuesday afternoon shot a large coyote at Reno and Burnham avenues, near Jack Dailey Elementary School.
The animal was reported in a backyard. Officers shot the coyote, but it got away. Following a search, officers located and killed the animal in front of the elementary school.
Jack Dailey Elementary was locked down as a precaution, and police set up a perimeter to locate the animal. Metro offices said the coyote had attacked smaller animals.
"I was just watching TV in my room, and I heard shots and I heard the helicopter," said Tersa Boronzzyk, whose grandchildren attend Dailey.
"It's normally quite a quiet neighborhood, so we didn't know what was going on," said Emily Pinaud, who lives nearby.
With police lights flashing and tape blocking the road, many parents who were headed to Dailey Elementary assumed the worst.
"I thought someone was in the school harming the children," said Danisha Daniels, who has two kids who go to Dailey.
But police said the only victims were William Hubert's geese and chickens.
"Out of 10 geese, I lost six. Three were eaten and three were killed," Hubert told FOX5.
Hubert had spotted the coyote early Tuesday morning and called police.
"Coyote hiding behind the bushes, behind the fence. Coyote sees me, he takes off," Hubert said
Officers searched nearby properties, spotted the animal and called Animal Control.
But the coyote tried to escape.
"The animal started jumping walls and leaping through different yards. Officers perceived it as a threat and used deadly force on it," said Capt. Tom Roberts with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife said coyotes that deep into human territory is not uncommon.
"Coyotes can be found in every major metropolitan area coast to coast. New York City has coyotes, Chicago has coyotes, Los Angeles has coyotes and Las Vegas has them. So people need to understand that they are part of living in the desert," said Douglas Nielsen, public affairs supervisor with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
But according to Nielsen, getting rid of coyotes doesn't always require lethal action from police.
"Spray it with a hose. They're not going to like that any more than a domesticated animal would like to be sprayed, and they'll leave," Nielsen said.
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