These are photos of a coyote in the Hollywood section of Springfield’s South End sent to 22News by a viewer on our Report-It Feature.
People in the area said they are surprised to hear that multiple people have seen the animals.
“It’s kind of odd. I’ve never seen a coyote in my life actually,” said Lawrence Small, who lives in Springfield.
The Humane Society said these animals usually avoid people, but they may get lured into neighborhoods by garbage, or pet food.
Coyotes also prey on small dogs and cats if they are left outside unattended, so the Humane Society urges people to always watch pets in the backyard, and never leave them alone.
There was also a recent coyote sighting here on Shady Brook Lane in Springfield’s East Forest Park neighborhood.
“I figure they must be hanging around in Forest Park or something. But I haven’t seen any as far as I can tell,” said David Jessie of Springfield. “Now I’m a little nervous, especially at night.”
The Humane Society said people can keep coyotes away by feeding pets indoors, and keeping trash in containers with tight-fitting lids. Foods like meat and fish should also be thrown away in double bags so the smell doesn’t attract the animal into a yard.