Citrus Heights Police: Coyote Likely Kills Animals

Citrus Heights officials say a recent wave of reported dead animals with suspicious-looking injuries is likely the work of a coyote.

“We are aware of social media posts from local groups involving deceased animals found in Citrus Heights with suspicious injuries,” the Citrus Heights Police Department said in a Facebook post. “Our animal services officers have determined that they are probably caused by a #coyote.”

The police department advised residents to take measures such as securing the lids of garbage cans, bringing animals inside at night, not leaving pet food outside, and avoiding bird feeders to deter coyotes and their prey.

Anyone who sees a dead or injured animal should immediately report it to their local animal control agency, the department said. More information can be found on the Citrus Heights Police Department Animal Control webpage.

Coyotes frequent the Sacramento area and have been spotted everywhere from the suburbs to the downtown grid.

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Michael McGough heads the Sacramento Bee Breaking News reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A native of Sacramento and a longtime resident of the capital, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a journalism degree.

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