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Wildlife Officials: Residents Need to Keep an Eye Out for Coyotes

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BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. - This weekend vendors will turn Bell Buckle into one big fair for the Webb School Arts and Crafts Fair but some worry you may see something unexpected when you visit.
Coyotes seem to be out in greater numbers.     
"They're not very scared of people they're learned to do what they want to and move in and plus with all the food venders it's definitely gonna draw em in," said Bell Buckle Resident Brooke Sanders.
Sanders knows plenty about the coyotes.
Her family farm is about a mile away from the festival and this year they've lost roughly 10 lambs to the attacks.
They're not the only ones noticing them either.
One homeowner who lives just a few blocks from the festival tells Fox 17 News he had to shoot a few coyotes recently and he says another neighbor lost a pet to a coyote attack.
Fox 17 asked Larry Thurston with the TWRA if people visiting the festival should be on alert for the animals.
"Danger to humans no, small pets small mammals yes," said Thurston.
The TWRA Resource Officer says coyotes have always been common in the area around Bell Buckle.
Thurston believes their numbers may be larger this year because of bigger numbers of squirrels and rabbits though he doesn't believe there's anything that should be a concern for the fair.
"It only takes a couple of coyotes to sound like a pack of 20 and that's what we usually get.  Oh I'm hearing coyotes there's several coyotes  we're overrun it may just be a family of them," said Thurston.

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