The North Carolina city that supports Panthers and Bobcats wants no part of the real four-legged predators roaming its neighborhoods.
The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that coyotes are terrorizing residents, who fear for their small children and animals.
Those residents are also discovering that county animal control doesn't respond to coyote calls, referring residents to state officials and private contractors who trap wildlife for a fee.
Several communities on the city's south side have been on alert. Residents in one neighborhood say a cat was eaten by a coyote several weeks ago, prompting the pet owner to circulate a flier warning residents.
Coyotes are not generally aggressive toward people, though a Union County man was bitten last year by a rabid one.