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Coyote sightings in Cherokee Park have dog owners concerned

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Even on a damp, gloomy day like Tuesday, Cherokee Park is full.

Dedicated dog walkers take to paths and trails. 

"I'm always in the park. I live in the park," said dog walker, Mark Stober.

There is danger lurking there, something that could be particularly threatening to your fury friends -- coyotes.

Metro Parks tells WDRB that several sightings have been reported throughout the park this spring. 

"It was news to me, at least for in the park. I was surprised." Stober said.

"It's definitely kind of scary for me," Hannah Volmer added.

Some of the encounters apparently have turned into close calls.

"A lady saw a coyote. It apparently approached a dog," Doug Iler said.

It has left owners a bit on edge and looking to have a plan in place should they run across one of the wild dogs.

"I'm going to protect myself and my dogs. Whatever I need to do," Stober said.

Here's what Mark Marraccini with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says you should do:

"I would keep my dogs close to me. I'd keep them maybe on a leash, and not let them wander," Marraccini said.

Coyotes are generally reclusive, so make yourself known.

"Make noise, become bigger than life, yell at the coyote," Marraccini added.

Those tips could be the difference in your keeping animals safe and having one bad day in Cherokee Park.

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