TULSA -- Reports are circulating around social media about coyotes attacking and killing dogs in midtown Tulsa.
The reports are real. And the pictures prove it.
It shows coyotes roaming the neighborhoods of Tulsa.
“So I think a lot people don't believe there are coyotes roaming around in our backyards, but there are," said neighbor Joli Beasley.
The Beasley family's dog, Ellie, had to be put down three years ago after being attacked by something outside.
“I just think it's more prevalent than people realize" said Beasley.
The family snapped photos over the years of coyotes running around their backyard--even playing with their new labradoodle.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife experts say the Tulsa metro is actually where coyotes naturally live.
“Tulsa, Bixby area, Broken Arrow, Owasso it's all built along river systems, streams and creeks and those are green spaces that coyotes live year round," said Colin Berg with Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife.
To prevent coyotes from roaming in your backyard, experts recommend...
- Putting a lid on your garbage
- Fence in compost areas
- Bringing pet food indoors
Lucia Laughlin takes another step to keep her dogs safe.
“It frightens me because one of my dogs is smaller and I'm not going to leave her in my backyard now even during the day," said Laughlin.
She thinks coyote encounters around Midtown are becoming more common.
“I think it's new. I don't like it. I really wish something could be done about it," said Laughlin.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) said dog owners can also make sure their dogs stay on a leash and keep the little ones inside to prevent attacks.
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