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Coyotes trying to take over Point Loma park

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POINT LOMA (CBS 8) - There's a warning for residents living near Point Loma Community Park: keep a close eye on your pets. The problem is coyotes, and they have no fear walking down the neighboring streets.

Carrie Noe was walking her dogs when she saw it.

"In the middle of the street was a coyote behind us. I said you have got to be kidding me," she said.

Fearing one of her shih tzus was about to become a snack, Carrie fought back.

"I pulled out my pepper spray, sprayed it. The coyote backed off, came around Hill Street - made a u-turn and followed us. I mean this thing was following me toe to toe. As I would go faster, it would go faster," she said.

Carrie says a neighbor came to her rescue, letting her into a car and driving her home.

"It was horrible -- one of the worst experiences I've ever had," she said.

As Carrie shared the story with her neighbors around Point Loma Community Park, she quickly realized she wasn't alone.

"It woke me up. It was just awful -- a little dog screaming, crying, just barking… just a horrid sound," Point Loma resident Beverly Roth said.

Beverly Roth has no doubt what she heard was a coyote killing a neighbor's pet. It upset her so badly, she posted signs around her neighborhood warning others, and she's taking no chances.

"We keep our cats in all the time," she said.

Another neighbor found a dead coyote near the park. Exactly how many coyotes are there, no one's really sure, but ask why the coyotes are being seen more and more and everyone blames one thing.

"The coyotes have no place to go in the canyon because the city allowed someone to dig up the whole canyon. It's ridiculous," Point Loma resident Mike Smith said.

Neighbors say the coyotes are clearly not afraid of people, and they fear it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

As for Carrie, she's stopped taking her dogs for walks. She's hoping the coyotes find a new home soon, somewhere else.

"You know, I sympathize with them and what they're going through, but my animals come first," she said.

The State Department of Fish and Game is responsible for coyotes, but they don't like moving the animals because they keep the rodent and rabbit population from getting out of control.

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