May 10, 2010 6:48 PM by News First 5

Dead deer worries neighbors

A dead deer found in the backyard of a Rustic Hills home is worrying neighbors.

"I was sitting here and all of a sudden I saw something brown out there which is unusual," said Dick Benson, who lives in Rustic Hills.  He went to get a closer look.

"There's the deer all chewed up and the guts showing and part of the leg off. It made me sick to my stomach," he said.

Benson suspected coyotes, which he says have been seen in the area and is concerned they may attack his grandchildren but a local trapper doesn't think it was just.  "I suspect it was injured, perhaps by a car, and then it layed down and was weak enough where perhaps a coyote or two chased it," said Claude Oleyar who is working with the neighborhood association to catch and remove coyotes.

"They've gotten more bold and aggressive and comfortable living right here," said Oleyar.

The Division of Wildlife says this is the time of year when coyotes are more active and feeding their young. They say you should never feed them and yell at them so they don't become as comfortable around people.

Today's news that it likely wasn't coyotes was a slight relief to some neighbors but many still worry about their children's safety.



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