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Los Gatos residents on alert after coyote attacks

In this Sept. 2009 handout photo provided by Janet Kessler, a coyote is shown on a public street in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Janet Kessler)
Coyotes are back and they're causing problems in parts of the South Bay. Los gatos police are warning residents to keep a close eye on pets and small children, especially after two recent attacks.

A 10-year-old Tabby is still healing after a coyote attack a few weeks ago. He wasn't expected to survive. It happened right in front of Sean Clouser's house, but he scared the coyote off just in time.



"I walked out and I saw him in the coyote's mouth. He was moving and swatting, but it was I guess, many cats don't survive coyote attacks," Clouser said.

Coyotes are aggressive, they travel in packs and they're moving into more of Los Gatos.

Rocco was attacked just two blocks from downtown and residents are worried.

"Just be more aware, more cautious especially when I'm out with my son," resident Mitchell said.

However, the problem is coyotes are becoming way too comfortable in urban areas. They've even been spotted hunting in the day time.

"Very intelligent, very adaptable animals and so they're going to go where they can find those elements that keep them going," Santa Clara County Vector Control spokesperson Russ Parman said.

Elements such as food and water that's been left out and of course small animals.

There have also been a few human close encounters with the coyotes. Recently, joggers and people walking their dogs have reported being followed and watched by coyotes.

"It's scary, very scary," Rocco's owner Joan Cowan said.

That's why home owners are banding together and keeping an eye on each other's animals.
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