It seems coyotes are sneaking into south Tempe and environs after three residents reported sightings in the past month.
The latest visit was reported by Linda D’Avola, who lives in near Warner Road and McClintock Drive.
“At around 6:20 a.m., I looked out the window and saw a coyote walking across my back wall, facing the church on Knox Road,” D’Avola said. “I called the Tempe police non-emergency line, and was told one dog had been recently killed by a coyote, and two other residents had reported coyote sightings.”
Coyotes have been known to jump 14 feet—well above a home’s standard bordering walls, a Tempe police representative said.
Such incidents are reported to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, though no action is taken unless agents believe the animal is rabid and aggressive.
D’Avola thinks that makes it all the more important to get the word out.
“I just wanted to let everyone know, so their dogs don’t get hurt, especially smaller dogs,” said D’Avola, who has lived in Tempe for 26 years.
“They’re so fast,” she said. “It’s almost as if they are flying.”
Coyotes aren’t the only four-legged creatures running about in Tempe. Jeff Hollow, another south Tempe resident, said he has seen three roof rats in his backyard.
“In the last two weeks we’ve found one rat swimming in our pool, one drowned and one the cats were playing with, which I ended up trapping,” he said.