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Coyote sightings increasing in Tennessee

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The TWRA reports there have been more coyote sightings recently in Tennessee. (WSMV) The TWRA reports there have been more coyote sightings recently in Tennessee. (WSMV)
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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed there is an uptick in coyote sightings across the state.

One woman in Chattanooga said a coyote attacked her dog, who was wearing a raincoat at the time.

Her dog was able to break free from the coat and get away from the coyote.

The TWRA said coyote attacks are extremely rare. If you see one in your neighborhood, they say don’t run away or hide.

Instead, the best thing you can do is scare the coyote.

“You don’t ever want a coyote looking, run when they see you, throw something, make them run,” said Barry Cross, a spokesman for the TWRA. “They should be scared of you.”

The TWRA said you can scare the animal by throwing items toward it, yelling, spraying water from a garden hose or creating loud noises.

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