With an increase of coyote sightings in Orange County, Animal Services is urging citizens to “coexist” with wildlife.

Small dogs and cats should be kept inside or on leashes, supervised while outside, and should not wear collars with bells on them as they could attract unwanted attention.

Animal Services Director Bob Marotto says keeping your yard clear of food waste can also help to keep coyotes away.

“Keeping properties clear of food and scraps is critical,” Marotto said. “Residents should avoid feeding wildlife or domesticated animals outside if possible, and ensure scraps are disposed in a way that does not attract coyotes and other wildlife.”

There have been several confirmed cases of coyotes with rabies in North Carolina, which can cause animals to be more aggressive towards humans.

You can find more information on coexisting on coyotes here.