Coyotes have killed and wounded dogs in a recent wave of attacks in Bloomington, prompting a warning to pet owners.
The City of Bloomington issued an advisory to residents with small and medium-sized dogs to be on alert after a series of reported attacks in the southwest area of the city.
"We have received several reports of recent coyote attacks on dogs, some resulting in death," the statement says. "This alert also applies to cats."
The City says that coyotes have been spotted outside in residential areas during both day and nighttime hours.
Pet owners are being advised to always be with their pet when letting them outside, and if they see any coyotes, they should "haze them" by yelling, clapping, or banging pots and pans together to scare them away.
According to The Humane Society, coyotes tend to hunt small mammals such as mice, voles and rabbits, but given the chance will "also make a meal of a cat, tame or feral."
Smaller breeds of dog are also at risk, even though attacks on them are rarer.