Natomas Residents Crossing Paths with Coyote

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NATOMAS —

A small, mangy coyote has some residents concerned in the South Natomas area, near the American River.

Animal Control has taken quite a few calls over the past several months.  In fact, there may be more than one coyote in the area.  But the good news is, so far they’ve posed no threat.

“A lot of people think it’s a skinny, underweight, mangy-looking dog,” said Animal Care Services Manager Gina Knepp.  “But it’s not. It’s a coyote.”

Residents in the area have snapped several photos of the coyote. Some have even crossed paths with the animal.

“A couple of months ago I saw one coming across the trail,” said resident John Lee who jogs in the area. “It didn’t bother me or anything.”

Other residents though want Animal Control to either trap it or kill it. Fearing the coyote could have rabies.

“If an animal has rabies, it dies usually within 10 days of showing signs of the disease,” explained Knepp. “This guy has been out here at least three months that we are aware of, so we’re pretty confident it doesn’t have rabies.”

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1 Comment

  • coffee1st

    Exactly. Leave the thing alone. Remember: WE encroached on THEIR territory, not the other way around. People's answer to "Kill the beast!" is so ridiculous. Grow up people. I'd be more worried about the rattlesnakes than that lone coyote who clearly wants nothing to do with people.