A pack of coyotes is roaming a neighborhood in Columbia, and police are warning residents to be on alert.
According to the Columbia Resident State Trooper’s Office, a resident reports that the pack has been spotted in the Szegda Road and Szegda Farm area. One particularly large coyote has killed at least two chickens and has been spotted walking up to people’s doors, according to the report.
Authorities warned residents walking in the area of be on alert and keep dogs on leashes.
It is not uncommon for coyotes to attack and kill pets, especially cats and small dogs, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Coyotes are also known to attack smaller livestock, though usually do not threaten cattle or horses. Coyote are more active at night, but may be active during daylight.
Coyote attacks on humans are unusual.
If you encounter a coyote, experts advise trying to scare it away by making loud noises and waving your arms or throwing sticks.
For more coyote facts, visit the DEEP website by clicking here.