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Pet Owners Beware: Park Officials Say Coyote Population Growing

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) - Wildlife officials say that dog owners should keep an eye on their pets in or near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio because of an increasing coyote population.

Park officials say that coyotes aren't a major problem for park visitors or neighbors, but the coyote population has doubled in the last eight years.

National Park Service wildlife biologist Lisa Petit says that the 33,000-acre national park likely has between 60 and 100 coyotes.

Petit says that the park has gotten a few reports of coyotes approaching dogs and people with their dogs.

She says that a coyote may nip at a pet, growl or follow closely, but attacks are extremely rare.

Joel Porath of the Ohio Division of Wildlife says that only two or three people are attacked by coyotes each year in the United States.

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