|Pet owners are being warned about the increasing number of coyotes, a potential predator.|
West Virginia Division of Natural Resource officials say more coyotes are moving into the region, partly because they have no natural predators.
A number of Calhoun residents say coyotes often prey on the family cats, particularly if they wander into the woods.
Most Calhouners are accustomed to their night time vocals that echo across the hills.
DNR officials recommend people to bring in their small pets and not to leave any food outside.
According to additional information on the DNR's website, coyotes can weigh up to 45 pounds and live in every state of the continental United States.
Coyotes are extremely adaptable, and their numbers may be more now than during colonial times.
The primary wildlife species that the coyote prey upon are white-tailed deer and small mammals such as rats and mice.
Their diet also consists of rabbits, groundhogs, ruffed grouse, turkeys, chipmunks,
squirrels, muskrats, fruits, berries, carrion, and even an occasional house cat.
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