GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Coyotes are becoming a common sight in North Carolina cities.
"It was just something you don't expect in a more urban setting," said Sharon Cooksey who lives in Adams Farm near Greensboro. Cooksey says she was confronted with three coyotes while letting her dog outside Sunday night. "It was quite startling to come out, and find a pack of coyotes in my back yard."
Wildlife officials say what has been reported in many neighborhoods are the North American Coyote, which first migrated to North Carolina about 15 years ago and has worked their way into urban areas.
The animals are extremely intelligent and mainly attack their prey at night, including foxes, rabbits and pets.
Farmers in rural areas have reported problems with coyotes killing calves and sheep. Wildlife officials say you can help them out of your neighborhood by not leaving anything they can eat outdoors, like pet food, fruit and garbage. In neighborhoods coyote attacks rarely involve anything beyond cats or small dogs.