Experts say several factors are leading to an increase in wildlife sightings across Lincoln. 

Lincoln Animal Control Manager Steve Beal told Channel 8 Eyewitness News this time of year is mating season for animals like deer, coyotes and more. That, combined with colder seasonal temperatures and hunters, results in animals being pushed out of their natural habitat. 

"Calls do go up a little bit, this time of the year," Beal said.

Beal says while it's okay to have bird feeders and to feed fall critters, doing so can attract wild animals. He suggests keeping an eye on your pet when outdoors. He also suggests not leaving your pet's food outside, as it can become a food source for wildlife. 

That warning wasn't lost Lorvey and Peggy Stark. They sent Channel 8 Eyewitness News a photo of a coyote (pictured above) they spotted in their yard near 77th and Van Dorn. 

"I was a little concerned to see a wild animal like that in the neighborhood and in our little backyard, which isn't exactly on the path of that wild animals around here take," Peggy Stark said. 

Beal said his office took around 85 calls in the last year from people who had seen or encountered coyotes. 

"It's very unusual for us to see a coyote here in our neighborhood," Lorvey Stark said. "Maybe this one was just looking for food."

Animal Control says if you have an issues with wild animals, don't try to handle them on your own. Instead, give them a call at 402-441-7900 and they'll be there to help.