Coyote Attacks Put Neighborhoods on Edge
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A 69-year-old woman is recovering after a coyote bit her during a morning walk.
And a week before that another woman was attacked while gardening in the same Sun City Palm Desert community.
But that isn't the only area of the valley where coyotes are seen prowling.
Bob Bolek see coyotes almost every day when he takes his two dogs for a walk in the Tamarisk community in Rancho Mirage.
"When its near dusk or something, I carry a flashlight and a can of rocks and some pepper spray, hopefully I don't have an encounter but they get pretty close."
Bolek is concerned to hear coyotes bit two women.
"It does, it really does, and I wish there was something that could be done about them, I mean I love animals but I don't think its a great place for them around here, too many small animals and people," said Bolek.
Many people are shocked that coyotes would attack a person.
"I find it very surprising actually because coyotes are generally speaking very skittish," said Indian Canyons resident, Brenden McPeek.
McPeek lives in the Indian Canyons neighborhood in Palm Springs - an area where many small animals fall prey to coyotes.
"Cats come up missing, you'll see the signs in the neighborhood, a chihuahua or a small dog missing, and you just assume that it was another victim," said McPeek.
"I also have heard stories of people who have been walking and they've seen coyotes walking down the street, and they're not disturbed by people who are walking, so they have to pick up their small dogs and be careful," said Indian Canyons resident, Peter Rosson.
Peter Rosson says they are careful for their dog.
"Our backyard is walled in, but we always think they'd jump over and grab our small dog if they were hungry or thirsty enough or whatever, so we're careful in early morning and late afternoon or early evening," said Rosson.
People said they've seen coyotes on golf courses, in neighbor's yards, and even running the streets in packs at night.
Officials say the coyotes that bit the women were captured and destroyed-- both tested negative for rabies.