Cold weather is causing more coyote sightings

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More coyote sightings are popping up around town and wildlife specialists believe it is because of cold weather.

Lack of available food such as rodents, mice, and groundhogs have caused coyotes to search for food sources during the daytime and in the city of Lexington.

Specialists say that coyotes very rarely ever attack humans or pets and are very adaptable to their surroundings. Tom Barnes, UK Wildlife Specialist, says, "You are 6000 times more likely to be bitten by a dog than a coyote."

However, Barnes does suggest keeping pets on a leash when visiting local parks. He says typically you can scare away a coyote by clapping your hands and making loud noises.

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