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Residents of SE Portland neighborhood concerned over rise in coyote sightings

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A southeast Portland family believes coyotes are getting too aggressive, and they fear someone might get hurt.

There are coyote sightings every day across the metro, but Scott Vetor said one of the animals recently got too close for comfort.

Vetor said his family’s small dog Jasper was snatched up by a coyote Monday.

The dog was just lying in the backyard soaking up the last bit of sun when Vetor said the wild animal jumped the fence and took off with it. He added that they later found Jasper and had to have the pup euthanized.

Vetor said he has talked with other neighbors who told him of similar stories of small animals being injured or killed by coyotes. His fear is that the population is growing too big for Portland and not enough is being done to handle the wild animals.

“At night, you hear a dog yelping just because they’ve got one,” Vetor said. “On this whole back street behind my house, it is full of people that will tell you their cats are gone, their dogs are gone. So what is next?”

Officials with the Audubon Society of Portland said while coyote control can be effective in getting rid of specific individual animals, it will not help reduce the local populations.

They also noted that killing coyotes disrupts the population structures and causes more coyotes to breed and have larger litters.

The Audubon Society is working with researchers from Portland State University on the Portland Urban Coyote Project in an effort document and track coyotes near human populations. The group has even created an interactive sightings map highlighting coyote sightings around the metro area.

Multnomah County Animal Control officials told FOX 12 that coyotes are more aggressive in the summer and will go after cats and even small dogs. They are asking folks to keep an eye out on small animals especially, at night.

To add an entry to the Portland Urban Coyote Project’s sightings map, visit the project’s website at PortlandCoyote.com.

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