Urban coyotes worry Kensington residents

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SAN DIEGO -- Some residents in Kensington are worried about recent sightings of coyotes in their neighborhood after a woman was recently bitten.

Locals are also concerned about their pets. One woman recalled how her neighbor lost a dog recently.

"Her Scotty was taken and she actually came out to see last bit of it, she was devastated by it," said Rita Bardes, who has lived in the area more than 10 years.

Others are paying more attention to their pets as they walk them and won't allow them outdoors unattended.

"We are backed by a canyon. Our dog loves being out there, but I'm afraid to open the gate and let her out ‘cause it would just break my heart if something happened to my dog,” said Amanda Corbet, whose dog Riley is 13 years old. “We just have to really watch what we do."

Residents would like to see the city do more to keep the coyotes out, but there is not much it can do. The state's Department of Fish and Game will respond only if there is imminent danger.

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