GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Residents in the Forest Oaks area say they're seeing an uptick in coyotes and foxes near their homes and in some cases in their yards.
This week one resident was bitten in the leg by a fox in his backyard.
"The animal just came up and bit through his pants leg," said Scott Greene, program manager for Guilford County Environmental Health Department.
Last year, Greene says the county had 25 reported cases of bites involving wild animals.
Animal control can only set traps if an animal seems dangerous, according to Greene.
"If there is an exposure or the animal is acting strangely, then we'll definitely respond," he said.
Officials say residents should keep their distance from all wildlife and call 911 if an animal becomes aggressive.
Some residents want animal control to keep better watch of wildlife in residential areas.
“I'd like to see them ride around here a lot more than what they do,” said Brett Saunders who lives off of Chapparal Court and sees foxes near his home on most mornings. “The foxes come through here around 5:30, 6:00 o'clock in the morning.”
He waits until the sun comes up to walk his yorkie, keeping him close to his side with the same nagging fear every day.
''They're going to get my dog when I let it out,” he said.
Douglas Cassell is having the same problem at his home on Boxford Road.
"The foxes come by about every night," Cassell said.
Cassell says the foxes have never seemed dangerous and thinks it’s best to leave nature as it is.
“Long as they don't mess with me, I won't mess with them.” Cassell said.