SAN DIEGO -- Coyote sightings have been spiking all over the rural areas of San Diego County.
After the West Fire burned nearly 500 acres in Alpine on July 5, several residents reported aggressive coyotes stalking their neighborhoods and attacking small pets.
The lack of water and the recent heat wave may have prompted the coyotes to come out of the hills and canyons into nearby neighborhoods, said Dariel Walker of the San Diego Humane Society.
“The other reason is the heat ... As we all know, the weather is getting much hotter and so our local wildlife is trying to come into these areas were they can find fresh food and fresh water,” Walker said.
Walker recommends keep animals inside as much as possible and if you see a coyote to make a lot of noise to scare them off.