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Coyote safety warning issued around Cherokee Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Leaves of almost every color fill the sky and rays of sunshine peer around shadowy corners at Cherokee Park. It's fall nature at its finest.

But among all the joggers and people walking their dogs, there's another beast hidden in the woods.

“You hear them a lot of times making a lot of ruckus off in the distance,” said Chris Brian, who often walks his dog at Cherokee Park.

“People need to be smart, they need to be vigilant,” said Zane Meiners, another park visitor.

That's why Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife released a PSA on Wednesday, warning people about coyotes.

“Coyotes have been recently seen throughout the Louisville Metro Area," said Jason Nally with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. "They first started to show up in the late 1970s and can now be found throughout the city."

Nally says there were frequent coyote sightings in and around Cherokee Park when pups were born in the spring.

“We've definitely seen coyotes in the neighborhood,” Brian said

“A lot of people just didn't feel safe, especially at night, with the dogs running around the neighborhood and the coyotes potentially harming their pets,” Meiners said.

“A friend of mine got attacked a few months ago," said Valtcho Tonov, who walks his dog at Cherokee Park. "She [has] three little dogs and she goes on the trails."

Now that the spring pups are grown and searching for their own territory, coyote sightings may once again be more frequent, according to Nally.

While attacks on humans are rare, according to wildlife experts, it never hurts to be prepared.

“If a coyote appears to be behaving aggressively, make your presence known by waving your arms and yelling at the coyote to go away,” Nally said. “If the coyote still doesn't flee, throw rocks, sticks or other objects in the direction of the coyote.”

And as for pets, you should never leave them unattended in areas where coyotes have been spotted.

Coyotes are most active at night, but they can be seen during the daytime. If you need to report an aggressive coyote, you can contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife here.

To watch the full PSA click click here.

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