For the past few nights, a pack of coyotes has been seen roaming Quincy's north side, in a neighborhood!
Animal control officers say the animals are coming into more populated areas looking for food.
Residents on the 4600 block of Columbus road on Quincy's north side, say they've seen a pack of about 3 coyotes roaming through a field and walking along the sidewalk.
Quincy resident Bruce Cookson says he's never seen anything like this.
"I don't know if they're making a come back or what, I don't know if it's the same two but I usually see at least two at a time," said Cookson.
And there's a reason people like Bruce Cookson have been seeing more coyotes spotted on Quincy's north side out roaming around.
Quincy Animal Control Officer Steve Scherer says because of this summer's drought, the coyotes' food sources are severely diminished, and now they are hungry and hunting for food.
"The small critters their food dried up or went away and so the coyotes are hungry because the critters they eat are dried up and gone away, so they're in town a little bit more than normal, looking for easy food to get," said Scherer.
Scherer says Cookson's house is in prime coyote area, because just behind his house there is a source of water and a thick woods they can hunt in.
Scherer says because the coyotes are so hungry small pets like Cookson's cat Deuce are now at risk.
"They're out looking for anything to eat they'll go after garbage, they'll go after any critter they can find," said Scherer.
Cookson says he realizes the dangers coyotes can possess.
"I'm a little worried, but my cat I have an indoor outdoor cat, he still has his claws, and he's a good climber, he's on his own when he's out there," said Cookson.
Scherer says if you do see a coyote near your house call your local animal control officer.
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