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Coyotes turn pets into prey in Anthem
Residents in Anthem have been keeping their dogs indoors after a series of coyote attacks. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Residents in Anthem have been keeping their dogs indoors after a series of coyote attacks.
Homeowners say they've recently had coyotes jump over nine-foot walls, just to get at their pets.
That includes two Yorkies that ended up in critical condition at a veterinary hospital after an encounter with a coyote in their backyard.
The dogs arrived home just days ago with staples closing their wounds and five broken ribs.
The NDOW says drought conditions have diminished the coyote's food source, forcing them to be more brazen.
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, there are several reasons why the Anthem community may be seeing an added influx.
“The water that's there, the landscaping that's put, the golf course ... they all attract they prey species that the coyotes are looking for,” said Doug Nielsen with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
The NDOW recommends keeping your dog on a leash to help prevent coyote attacks.
They say an added benefit is that the coyotes are likely helping to control the rodent population in anthem. So, more coyotes could mean fewer rats.