Lincoln residents concerned with large number of coyote sightings

Since June of 2020, there have been over 250 coyote sightings in Lincoln, some of them in heavily trafficked areas. Residents are saying, it's too close for comfort and their hopeful the city will do something to get rid of them.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Since June of 2020, there have been over 250 coyote sightings in Lincoln, some of them in heavily trafficked areas. Residents are saying, it’s too close for comfort and their hopeful the city will do something to get rid of them.

“I’ve seen multiple coyotes throughout the city from going across the street, by the mall, in the mall parking lot, over here by Sunken Gardens, running right by the Children’s Zoo,” Ward Hunnel, a Lincoln resident, said.

With most of the sightings happening near parks and trials, Hunnel is worried for what could happen while people are out walking.

“I really think that the city of Lincoln, and the commissioners should really give extra funding to animal control to try to put this to a stop since there’s been several dogs that’s been attacked,” Hunnel said.

Animal Control is offering reminders for people who do spot a coyote. If you come across an animal, you should stay calm and haze them. Hazing could be anything from blowing a whistle, raising your hands and yelling, or even throwing rocks or sticks at the animal to make it back away from you.

If you would lke to report a sighting, contact Animal Control at 402-441-7900 or animal@lincoln.ne.gov. You can also follow Animal Control on Facebook: @LincolnAnimalControl.

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