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Residents urged not to feed wild animals

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:14 am

Animal conservationists say this is early spring mating season and some wildlife that live around the Phoenix area may appear to be more aggressive and less afraid.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center says residents may see coyotes more frequently moving in packs during different times of the day.

In order to protect pets, people should never feed coyotes. Even feeding wildlife like birds and squirrels can attract larger predators which may see pets as prey. Keep pets inside.

Fences are not much of an obstacle. Coyotes can jump a 12 foot fence. Bobcats are also great jumpers and can easily access backyards.

Coyotes may also lose their fear of humans and can become aggressive if they're not fed on a regular basis.

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