Residents in the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield are concerned after seeing a coyote in their community.
Several residents told 22News they’ve spotted a coyote multiple times.
This neighbor said the animal was roaming in the area of Quincy and Hancock Streets, possibly looking for food.
TJ O’Connor Animal Control Officer Daniel Simpson told 22News coyotes are common in any area. But it that didn’t stop this mother of 15, from being frightened.
“When I walked back home I expected the coyote to come back this way, instead of coming this way where I’m looking now, it came from the opposite end, which I was very terrified and scared of, cause you know they have rabies,” said Laura Crouch of Springfield.
To keep wild animals in the wild and out of your yard, animal control officer Daniel Simpson said remove bird feeders.
Keep trash lids closed and secured.
Once you remove the wild animal’s food source, they’ll move on.