Chesterfield residents are warned to be on the lookout for coyotes after the animals are spotted near a playground off Old Bon Air Road inside the Edgehill townhouses.
Melvin Hancock was one of the residents to spot the about 85 pound full-grown coyote and said other residents have seen a band of coyotes with a litter of pups.
8News did not find any of the wild animals, and neither did animal control officers who responded to the area shortly after receiving several reports of sitings. Like officials, Hancock says his biggest concern is the proximity of the coyotes to the back doors of residential homes in an area usually populated with children.
Melvin Hancock says, "That's the first place I saw it, within feet of the tot lot and of course kids are in school right now, but in the afternoon there are kids there."
Trash receptacles in the area offer easy access to food for the coyotes, causing many to worry the next time children play on these grounds, they may not be alone.
8News spoke with animal control officials who said around April and May, coyote litters are born, so there is a big chance that if there is one, there could be more.
Anyone who comes into contact with a coyote or any wild animal is warned to leave it alone and call Chesterfield Animal Control at 748-1683.
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