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Deputies: Don't call 911 to report coyote sightings

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Photo released by Washington County Sheriff's Office. Photo released by Washington County Sheriff's Office.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Deputies are asking anyone who spots a coyote to refrain from calling 911.

Washington County 911 dispatchers have been receiving dozens of calls in recent days regarding coyote sightings in urban areas.

Deputies said they understand seeing a coyote in a neighborhood can be alarming, but calling 911 ties up emergency resources.

Most of the time, according to wildlife officials, coyotes are considered to be more of a nuisance than an actual threat.

Coyotes, by nature, are wary of humans.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides information on dealing with urban coyotes, including not leaving small children or pets unattended if a coyote has been spotted in the area.

Garbage cans should also be secured and outdoor grills should be cleaned.

Anyone who sees a coyote in the daytime that shows no fear of humans, or if a coyote attack occurs, law enforcement should be notified or contact ODFW at 503-947-6000.

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