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People in Sun City Summerlin fed up with coyote attacks

Posted at 11:31 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 02:56:22-04
People in Sun City Summerlin are on edge after coyotes have attacked their family pets. People living in the neighborhood for a decade say the coyote issue is now the worst they've ever seen.
"I'm not going to give up," said Barbara Hadzoglon. "I'm not a quitter as grandma always said, a quitter never wins and a winner never quits."
Hadzoglon and her neighbors are fed up with the coyote issue.
"Now they have started this battle and I will be there to finish it at the end," said Hadzoglon.
They're estimating nearly 20 coyote attacks on their pets in recent months.
"When you walk out in your yard and you see the big coyotes showing their teeth, first thing that goes through your mind is oh no not my dog," she said.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife says Sun City Summerlin is the perfect place for these aggressive animals. They have all the food and water they need.
"Whatever you do, do not feed them," said Doug Nielsen with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Neilsen says it's nearly impossible to get rid of them.
"The part of the equation that can change, is us," he said. "They're not going to change their behavior. They are what they are."
Wildlife experts suggest carrying a noise maker to scare them off. Hadzoglon says that is not feasible for the elderly.
"We're supposed to go down the street like Mary Poppins with a pop up umbrella and can full of pennies...and hold on to a dog leash. Come on, reality is, we're old. We can't fight the coyote like wildlife suggests."
13 Action News spoke with a board member from the neighborhood's HOA. He says they are very aware of the coyote issue and they feel threatened by them too. They just don't have a simple fix or a solution to the problem right now and they want all their residents to be mindful and cautious of the coyotes.