PORTLAND, Ore. -- Coyotes have been seen lounging on lawns, sauntering down the street and just wandering about the Cedar Hills neighborhood.
“We're seeing coyotes come out at times that they're not technically supposed to be out. Dusk and dawn is what I was always told and I’ve seen them at those times but now they're coming out at nine in the morning when kids are walking to school or four in the afternoon when kids are coming home from school,” said Brandy Griffin, who lives in the neighborhood.
She’s seen a coyote in her front yard and her neighbor’s yard, too.
“He sat in this yard over here a couple times in the afternoon. He walks down the street. People have seen him laying and you can walk right past him and he won't do anything,” said Griffin.
For a lot of people living in the area, with so many kids and pets around, that's a little worrisome.
“Especially with a baby, I don't like the idea of coyotes just middle of the day out and about. It's a little scary,” said Ariel Willey.
Willey and her 1-year-old girl play at a park in the area all of the time. It's one of the many places coyotes have been spotted.
“That definitely gets me nervous,” she said.
So what should you do if you see a coyote?
Zuriel Rasmussen with the Portland Urban Coyote Project said get big, make noise. Coyotes tend to be wary of humans. Keep it that way.
To keep coyotes at bay, she said people need to clear away brush piles. They can attract rodents, which could then draw coyotes. In addition, don’t feed the coyotes.
Rasmussen also said don't worry, coyotes don't normally attack people. But it's a different story for pets.
“I recommend keeping cats indoors or supervising pets when they're outside,” said Rasmussen.
Griffin said so far she’s heard multiple reports of missing cats.
Rasmussen said coyotes and humans usually coexist peacefully and there’s no need to call animal control unless a coyote gets aggressive.
As for seeing coyotes active during the day, Rasmussen said sometimes coyotes change their hunting habits.
“They’re incredibly opportunistic. So they’re really good at changing the time of day they hunt,” she said.
Reports of sightings keep coming in on nextdoor.com, an online neighborhood resource. While a lot of folks are a bit concerned, some are poking fun at the situation.
“Somebody posted the other day a picture of a coyote sighting and it was Wiley going down the street,” said Griffin.
The post with Wiley the Coyote from Looney Tunes, definitely lightening the mood.
“I haven't gotten close enough to tell if they're friendly or more Wiley,” laughed Brett Edmonson, who works nearby.