A coyote spotted in Sugar House has residents worried about their pets.
SUGAR HOUSE, Utah — After encountering a wild animal on the crowded streets of Sugar House in the middle of the day, a Utah man is warning others to be cautious. It looked to be slaughtering pets in the home in order to feed itself.
Levi Clark was on his way to brunch on 1300 East near Westminster College on Sunday when he noticed something.
Runners and dog owners walking their dogs on the sidewalk regularly line the popular Sugar House road on both sides.
I noticed it directly outside my window and initially mistook it for a dog. Clark remarked, "That's an odd-looking dog." Then I realized it was a coyote, and it all made sense.
Clark and his friends pulled over and began taking pictures and video from the car, perplexed to see the wild animal roaming the busy city street in broad daylight, while cars sped by and people walked not far away.
Clark observed him doing his own thing, seemed unconcerned with his surroundings.
They were intrigued by the coyote kicking it in front yards far into town, hanging out and evidently enjoying city life, until they took a closer look at what the coyote was doing.
It was grabbing something up and carrying it around in its mouth.
Then we started asking, "What is he eating?" and other such questions "Clark clarified the situation. Oh, that looks like a cat, we thought. And in the front yard, he started picking at it.
They dialed the non-emergency police line, and Clark claims dispatch informed him that the coyote had already been located.
In this neighborhood, there are several cats and dogs. As a result, I wanted to make sure that everyone was informed and that they were keeping an eye out.
According to KSL TV, Salt Lake City police would generally contact the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in such a case. However, because coyotes aren't protected wildlife, the DWR claims it doesn't manage them. It can only provide information if somebody notices coyotes in their area.
The coyote was likely simply passing by and moved on, according to the report.
If the coyote remained in the city, Clark became concerned that other people's pets may be preyed upon. He posted the photos on Reddit with a warning, which quickly went viral and was shared on other social media platforms.
Coyotes will travel wherever they want, as Clark knows, and he hopes pet owners would be cautious.
In this neighborhood, there are several cats and dogs. He stated that he lives in a suburban region. As a result, I wanted to make sure that everyone was informed and that they were keeping an eye out.
If a coyote is detected in the neighborhood, DWR shares suggestions from Wild Aware Utah about remaining safe. This means keeping all pet food, bird feeders, and water inside, as well as ensuring that small pets and children are not left unattended outside.