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Coyote concerns grow on Tybee Island after dog attack

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A coyote on Tybee Island is causing all kinds of concerns for people and their pets.

They are also finding out why they are called wiley for good reason.

Trapping these nuisance animals, as described by the Department of Natural Resources, has been easier said than done. DNR's policy is to kill them after trapping them, but so far, all anyone has been able to do is see them.

"I've seen them. One also accosted one of my neighbors while she was walking her dogs. My wife scared him away with a piece of fire wood, so they are definitely here," Bill Garbett, Tybee City Council, told WTOC.

There have been multiple coyote spottings, but the situation took a violent turn last week when a coyote attacked a family's Pomeranian dog walking loose of a leash. The police report says the coyote mauled the dog until the pet owner unleashed her bull terrier off his leash to run the coyote off.

There has been no update on the Pomeranian's condition.

The attack has raised several questions and issues following more and more sightings of the coyotes, anywhere from dumpsters to streets and along the beach.

A meeting about coyotes was canceled last week and has been rescheduled for early spring. Residents want to see a quicker solution to the problem.

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