DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Aldermen have taken a step toward allowing people living on 10 acres or more inside Davenport city limits to kill coyotes on their land.

They voted unanimously in favor of a resolution Wednesday that would allow such action. Two more readings and board votes are required before the killings would be allowed.

Some residents have said coyotes have become a serious problem on their land. Sharon Hobart told the aldermen Wednesday that she worried about the safety of her dog and horses.

But Jason Harkness, of River Valley Wildlife Specialists, said there is no way to eradicate the coyotes. He urged the aldermen to get professional advice on developing a long-term coyote plan.

Before voting, aldermen agreed they should seek advice from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.