Thursday, 29 November 2012

Wild coyote attacks, kills family's dog in Hazelwood

HAZELWOOD, Mo. ( -- A Hazelwood couple is grieving after a wild coyote came into their backyard and killed the family's dog.

The coyote attack reportedly happened at a home in the 1300 block of Eagles Way Court on Sunday morning.

The couple told News 4 they let their small dog outside in the morning, then found her dead 10 minutes later in the woods behind the home. Around the same time, the couple says they saw a coyote fleeing from the area.

Some neighbors say the attack has them concerned about the safety of their pets and small children.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports coyotes are common to the area this time of year, but officials say attacks on dogs are rare.

Because the attack happened in a residential neighborhood, MDC officials say they will investigate and set traps if necessary.

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