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Pet owners worry about coyote attacks

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Residents in the Siena neighborhood in west Las Vegas reported coyote sightings. (Source: YouTube) Residents in the Siena neighborhood in west Las Vegas reported coyote sightings. (Source: YouTube)

People in the Siena home development near Flamingo Road and Town Center Drive say they're scared to go outside with their pets because hungry coyotes are on the prowl.

The development is located next to open desert and residents say over the last month, they've seen more coyotes on their street than in the previous 10 years of living there.

Homeowner Jane Reinherz owns a pair of parrots and a pack of dogs, but she says it's coyotes like the one she caught hanging out on her next door neighbor's patio that make her feel outnumbered.

"They're howling at night. We're afraid to go in our backyard," said Reinherz. "I'm afraid one of my dogs or my mother-in-law is going to be hurt because we don't know what a coyote is capable of doing, and we don't know how hungry they are."

Neighbors like Donna Davis say they're scared to walk their pets outside because coyotes visit Siena daily.

"They're always in my backyard and leave pieces of rabbits, heads, back ends, piles of poop," said Davis.

The coyotes are hungry, according to Dr. Joel Farnsworth at the Las Vegas Emergency Animal Clinic. The veterinarian says he's seen 10 to 15 cases of coyote attacks on pets in the last month. He says it's the end of the coyote birthing season and they're looking for food to feed their pups.

"They are jumping over people's backyard fences looking for small dogs to potentially grab and take over the fence," said Farnsworth. He says coyote attacks will continue if development in the Valley keeps expanding and pushing animals out of their natural habitats.

Coyotes are scared of people, according to Farnsworth. He recommends pet owners go outside with their pets or buy a motion sensor light to scare the coyotes away.

Reinherz isn't convinced because she says one coyote naps under her neighbor's motion sensor light every morning.

She also says she's called her homeowner's association, Clark County Animal Control and the Nevada Department of Wildlife asking for help moving the coyotes away from her family, with no luck.

Nobody was available for comment when FOX5 called those organizations on Saturday.

Clark County Animal Control said by phone that homeowners can call them if they see a coyote in their yard, but there is no guarantee an officer would arrive before the coyote leaves on its own.

They say homeowners should never feed coyotes, even if they look hungry, because the animals will just return to the neighborhood.

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