POYNETTE, Wis. (AP) -- Poynette police say they've been surprised by a recent rash of coyote sightings.
Police Chief Don White says he'd never heard such reports in his 14 years with the department.
Warden David Holmes of the state Department of Natural Resources says he confirmed signs of coyotes in the local woods.
He says the animals might be attracted by food scraps that well-meaning residents leave for stray cats. He warns that hungry coyotes have been known to feed on pets.
White says a small dog is missing from a trailer court, and the stray cats that hang out at the local grocery store are gone, but he's not sure whether coyotes are involved.
The DNR urges residents in south-central Wisconsin to avoid leaving food where it will tempt coyotes.
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