Coyotes spotted in Buckhead neighborhood

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ATLANTA - Some metro Atlanta pet owners are keeping an eye on their animals. They've spotted a coyote in their neighborhood several times.

Homeowners who live on Rickenbacker Drive and Pinecrest Road in Buckhead are used to seeing wildlife because they live near a nature preserve. But they said a coyote has moved from the woods to the streets and - even their yards.

A neighbor snapped a photo of a coyote in his yard. Minutes later a resident saw possibly the same coyote walk into the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

"One of my neighbors saw one running along the property line near the condominiums," said North Buckhead resident Jeff Henry.

One neighbor said she saw the coyote with a rabbit in its mouth.

"My girlfriend has a 4 pound Chihuahua, so we want to make sure that dog is closely watched. Don't want to get snatched up by a coyote," said resident Michael Levy.

The sightings seem to have increased in the past few days.

"People with small dogs and outdoor cats just need to be careful not to let those animals go unwatched because those might be what the coyotes are after," Henry said.

So far neighbors said no pets have been attacked, but they're going to keep their distance.