CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A state wildlife official says little can be done to control coyotes that have taken up residence in urban areas.
Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Curtis Taylor says the critters are here to stay, so residents will have to learn to live with them.
Taylor says coyotes thrive in urban areas. They increase their reproductive rate if a lot are killed.
He says the best thing residents can do is avoid the animals. Pets should be kept inside from dusk to dawn, when coyotes are most active.
Debbie Cobb of Charleston cares for a colony of feral cats in her neighborhood. She says two have been killed in recent weeks, and she suspects coyotes are the culprits.
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