Coyotes have been spotted in some of Davidson and Williamson Counties' urban areas, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency released tips to keep families and pets safe.
TWRA officials said coyotes can survive in urban settings as long as they have food and shelter, and they can eat almost anything including garbage, pet food, and small animals, including cats and dogs.
Officials released a list of do's and don'ts when it comes to coyotes:
- Eliminate water sources around your home, including bird feeders.
- Secure your garbage containers and wait until the morning of a schedule pick-up to put them out.
- Don't leave your grill outside and uncovered. The smell attracts coyotes.
- Feed your pets indoors whenever possible
- Store your pet's food inside.
State officials said that if you spot a coyote, they can be scared off by throwing rocks, shouting, and making loud noises.