When you hear the word Las Vegas, the first word that pops into the minds of many is gambling not coyotes, however, Las Vegas coyote sightings are on the rise.
As the city continues to grow, Las Vegas coyote sightings increase since they are being pushed out of their natural habitats and right into residential neighborhoods frightening residents for their own safety as well as the safety of their pets.
Last year, two small dogs were mauled by coyotes in Anthem and residents in that area continue to report that they hear the distinctive coyote howl at night.
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Also last year, a coyote was spotted and killed right in the heart of Las Vegas near East Tropicana and Spencer.
Residents in the west side of the valley, near West Flamingo Rd and Town Center, are the latest group of residents reporting Las Vegas coyote sightings.
It has become such a concern that some residents are fearful of walking their dogs at night.
Although coyotes are generally scared of people, they will venture closer to residences during certain seasons.
Fox 5 Vegas reports that Dr. Joel Farnsworth at the Las Vegas Emergency Animal Clinic he’s seen 10 to 15 cases of coyote attacks on pets in the last month. He says it’s the end of the coyote birthing season and they’re looking for food to feed their pups
Clark County Animal Control says that residents can call them if they spot coyotes, however, it’s anyone’s guess as to how long it will take to receive assistance. Last week, for example, there was one officer on duty so it is very likely that the coyote will leave on it’s own before assistance arrives.
Here are some tips to prevent you, your pets and your property from attracting coyotes:
Contact Animal Control (702) 229-6444 to report any Las Vegas coyote sightings.