LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Several pairs of coyotes have been spotted in Lakewood and now city officials are trying to deal with them.
There have been at least four incidents where small dogs were bitten by coyotes around Lakewood Park.
"Coyotes are not new to Lakewood and they've been around for quite some time and they're not new to urban America," said Mayor Mike Summers.
Lakewood police say there are three different pairs of coyotes, mostly on the north side. The city has hired a trapper to try and catch the coyotes. There are also traps hidden in the area.
So far they've caught and euthanized one but are still trying to catch the rest.
Last month there were four incidents where small dogs were bitten by coyotes around Lakewood Park.
"One of the most important questions was -- is the coyote rabid? So we were able to test and demonstrate in fact it was not rabid. In fact all the dogs that were bitten were also tested and they were all fine as well," said Summers.
The mayor says people should be on the lookout and aware.
"They're not really a threat to humans. They're generally afraid of humans and we've had coyotes for many hears here without incident was really not a threat to humans," said Summers.
Officials advise people to call police if they spot a coyote.