Coyote Ugly: Coyote sightings increase possibly due to virus

Published: Apr. 11, 2020 at 12:57 PM EDT
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Officials say coyote sightings are on the rise in North Carolina.

This may be because more residents are at home.

A Wildlife Resources Commission press release said increased sightings were due to changes in residents behavior because of the coronavirus.

The release said since people were home, the opportunity to see the animals has increased.

The release also said coyotes may be venturing out because people weren't outside.

Coyotes naturally stay away from people if possible but sightings typically peak in May while coyotes raise their young.

The release said residents should "deter'' coyotes from coming too close, by making the animal uncomfortable.

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