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Coyotes spotted in Clearwater neighborhood

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There are coyotes roaming through at least one Clearwater neighborhood. One in particular showed up in a family's front yard in the middle of the day, and neighbors are most certainly worried about it.

There are going to be hundreds of children and parents roaming Clearwater neighborhoods at night next week going trick or treating.

You might think twice about taking your kids out, knowing there might be a wild coyote or two looking for their own treats.

We're talking about the Glenwood neighborhood, off of Drew Street and Highland Avenue.

Thursday, Allison Lyon snapped pictures of the wily coyote right there in her front yard, and that was at 2:30 in the afternoon, a time when many school students are either catching or getting off the school bus.

Her neighbor said the coyote was acting erratically and believes it may have rabies.

"They're very aggressive," said Lyon. "The coyote snarled at my neighbor and showed its teeth, and then, when there's a teenage girl living in the neighborhood that started down the sidewalk, the coyote started to go towards her and she ran the other direction."

"They're breeding," she said. "They've seen pups, so there's a litter."

Lyon believes this is one of many coyotes living in an abandoned and overgrown property just down the street. The house has been abandoned for several years and she said complaints about it, have fallen on deaf ears.

Lyon is worried for their children and their pets, because she said there's also a monitor lizard and rats living on that property. They don't feel comfortable riding their bikes or taking walks or taking their dog on walks, for fear of getting attacked.

We spoke with Officer Baryl Martin with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and he told us, the coyote is considered a nuisance animal and unless one has directly threatened someone, they don't handle it.

If the neighborhood wants to get rid of the coyotes, they'll have to contact a nuisance trapper and most likely pay for it themselves.

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