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Coyote attacks reportedly kill several cats and a dog in Auburn

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Several confirmed cases of coyotes in two Auburn neighborhoods have families on high alert, especially after learning one dog and several cats may have been killed by the predators.

Auburn Animal Control officers will be placing rubber-rimmed animal traps in wooded areas along Moore's Mill and Grove Hill Neighborhoods. Several families in both neighborhoods have confirmed seeing coyotes, and fear several pets have been killed by the predators. 

"Coyotes are in the area, they are all over Lee County, and the state, there are wild dogs as well that may be involved in some of this," says Krista Weldon, Auburn City Animal Control. 

Animal Control officers say one young lady in Grove Hill watched helplessly as her family's small dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in her driveway. 
   
"I'm concerned for my neighbors, especially the ones who live near the sightings, and near the golf course. Losing an animal is traumatic, no matter how it happens, and I just hope my neighbors will be cautious about protecting their animals and keeping them safe," said Lori Fuller, a Grove Hill homeowner. 

Fuller lives in Grove Hill, she keeps her families beloved Princess Bentley fenced in, and on a leash, not taking any chances with her dogs life.
   
Meanwhile, Animal Control officers say the traps will not harm the coyotes, other animals or humans.  Nevertheless, all trapped coyotes will be euthanized.  

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