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MECKLENBURGCOUNTY, NC -- Mecklenburg County leaders are now addressing the growing number of recent coyote sightings.

For several months, residents in south Charlotte, Plaza-Midwood, and other communities have been reporting an increase in coyotes. There's also been a long list of dogs attacked, and in some cases killed by coyotes.

Tuesday, Mecklenburg County Commissioners are expected to get a report about the coyote population from the county park and recreation department, after constituents complained about the problem.

The city and state have told neighbors that they can't do anything to curb the population or trap a coyote unless it's believed to be rabid.

A neighborhood along Pinecrest Avenue in east Charlotte was the sight of a recent deadly attack that left a Jack Russell terrier dead. Residents are glad to hear the county is getting involved.

Oh that's wonderful, said Myrtis Manus. There's been (coyote) sightings around from different people in the neighborhood.

In addition to the release of the report this week, the county has also launched a new website where neighbors can log on, and report coyote sightings. This new tool allows officials to track where the animals are being spotted.

Kevin Leighton's dog, Blake, was the one attacked and killed a few weeks ago on Pinecrest Avenue.

He's glad to hear the county has launched the new website. He said it would've helped to save Blake.

At least neighbors would know. At least you could track it, because it hit us all of the sudden, he said.

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