Austin-area hills' residents lose pets to coyotes
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Residents in the western hills of suburban Austin are losing their pets to roving coyote packs.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Residents in the western hills of suburban Austin are losing their pets to roving coyote packs.
Homeowners in the posh suburb of West Lake Hills met with their city council last week to appeal for deliverance from the terror.
Shelli Nickerson tells KXAN-TV (http://bit.ly/HM2k71) of Austin that her neighbors have lost their pets. She said one neighbor went out to the mailbox with his cat, ``and a coyote actually ran up and mauled the cat.''
Ted Dietz says he went to his front yard to pick up his newspaper and found two coyotes killing his cat before he could chase them off.
West Lake Hills largely consists of large, heavily wooded lots. Its council has hired Travis County Animal Control to begin coyote trapping next month.
Information from: KXAN-TV, http://www.kxan.com