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Residents on High Alert for Coyotes in Bellevue--Mikayla Lewis

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BELLEVUE, Tennessee--Many families escape the city, and move to Bellevue area subdivisions like Riverwalk.

Resident Brandon Robertson describes the area as, "It's nice. Out of town, and pretty quiet."

The silence is now being filled with howling and whines at night outside homes.

Robert Brown says, " My wife thought it was like a baby crying. It's jarring at first, because you don't know what it is."

It is coyotes They are heard by many residents like Robert Brown, a Riverwalk Homeowners Association member.

Brown said," Some residents and neighbors say they've seen and heard coyotes and they're worried."

Residents are concerned about the children and pets. The neighborhood sits along the Harpeth River with plenty of coyote food like rabbits. A two mile pathway is used by many residents, and a place where they encounter coyotes.

The combination of the river, tall grass and heavily wooded areas is a perfect habitat for the animal, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

John Daniel, a National Trapper Association executive board member worked with the TWRA today. Daniel says coyotes are not native to Tennessee, but many are migrating here.

John Daniel says, " They have become a little bit of problem. They are very adaptable living in cities and subdivisions.  Because of that sometimes we see them where we would  rather not see them."

Daniel says coyotes are normally very shy, and will not attack humans. There are some rare cases, so he advises keeping small children and pets close by and do not leave food outside your home.

No one and no animals have been attacked by coyotes in Bellevue, but Riverwalk is taking precaution and warning residents on Facebook.

Other nearby neighborhoods like, West Hills are doing the same and handed out flyers to residents today.

Brown said, " We live out in the country, and sometimes you got to deal with what's out here."

Riverwalk's Homeowner Association is holding a meeting this week to discuss coyote safety and how to eliminate some of the overgrown areas. The TWRA says right now is breeding season, so coyotes are more active and vocal this time of year.

For more information on coyotes and how to keep your family safe, visit the TWRA website.

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