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Pets disappearing in Pineville

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PINEVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Residents of a Pineville neighborhood believe coyotes are behind the recent disappearance of pets.

Neighbors who have lost pets - mostly small dogs - have similar stories: The pets were let outside for short periods of time. Some simply vanished; others let out a yelp and then disappeared.

One grieving pet owner says Talk she actually saw a coyote with her small dog in its mouth. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist David Hayden said there are coyotes in the Pineville area, but his agency does not know how many - or if coyotes are the reason pets are disappearing.

Hayden said people should take care to pick up food bowls after feeding pets, and keep yards clear of open trash that might attract hungry animals.

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