Coyotes seen roaming area neighborhoods

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Several coyotes have been spotted in neighborhoods around Birmingham. People have seen the animals roaming everywhere from Vestavia Hills, to Mountain Brook, to even near the FOX6 studio.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Experts at Critter Control in Pelham said it may have something to do with the colder weather, so coyotes are moving around to stay warm while looking for food.

Doug Hartman said it isn't an odd occurrence for people who live near wooded areas, but people should be cautious.

"Just be weary. Keep your eyes open," said Hartman, "You don't want your kids to think it is a dog and play with it.  Keep your eyes open and pay attention would be the main thing."

Hartman added that often the coyotes may appear harmless. Yet,  they could be ill, but strong enough to attack. So people need to be extra careful.

"In the city, they get domesticated.  They are used to eating out of cat food bowls, dog food bowls, they are scavengers," said Hartman, "When they get used to being around people, they gain trust with them. They will get relatively close."

Hartman said that if you see a coyote in your neighborhood, don't approach it and try and catch it.  Just call animal experts to come and trap it.