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Nature vs. Domesticated Nature: Coyotes Kill Dog Near Braille Institute

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Not in the mountains, not in the foothills, not in the canyon, not on a hiking trail, but in an Anaheim backyard, a dog was reportedly killed by a coyote near the Orange County Braille Institute, according to KTLA.

A Chihuahua was found dead in the backyard of resident Brady Post's home on North Dale Street.. The dog belonged to his neighbor. He says he buried the animal, but says coyotes came back and dug up the remains the next day.

There have been several coyotes sightings by area residents who are concerned about the safety of their children, local blind students, and pets. Teachers at the Braille Institute are worried that coyotes may "clash with guide dogs."

Resident Randy Witt says "most people don't know there are coyotes around here because it's such an urban neighborhood. They just don't think of coyotes walking the streets." This Anaheim neighborhood is the latest to report problems with coyotes in Orange County.
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Laguna Woods residents reported over 12 attacks in a month, including a woman who was bitten protected her dog. As a result, the Laguna Woods City Council has opted to allow licensed officers to use firearms to shoot the coyotes on sight.

Anaheim does not have such a policy, nor does OC animal control consider coyotes a safety threat in the area. Residents are just being told be careful, cover their trash, bring a stick (?) when they go hiking, and bring in their pets at night.