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Animal Control Chases Loose Coyote at HEB Tennis Center

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It is usually the coyote chasing the roadrunner in the cartoon, but on Thursday, in real life, it was Animal Control in pursuit of the coyote.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from the HEB Tennis Center, where the critter was the subject of a chase and attempted roping.

Animal Control received a call at around 9:30 a.m. from someone who had spotted the coyote, so they grabbed their rope, got in the truck and went to lasso the canine.

Animal Control Officer Edward Cruz tried his best to rope the coyote, going at it several times, but the dog proved elusive. They ended up following the coyote for quite some time until he got lost in a neighborhood.

Now, they are hoping an alert resident will spot the canine and call the City immediately.

Officers said not to try and get near the animal, because if you do manage to get near it, it probably has rabies. Coyotes are usually skittish around people and won't approach.

However, if that is the case, then why did the coyote show up at the HEB Tennis Center? Most would think that the animals would avoid the city altogether.

"We're thinking it's the cold weather that's driving the coyotes into the residential areas, looking for food and trying to find some water," Cruz said.

Animal Control said that they have had other reports of coyote sightings inside the city limits. They are warning everyone to be on the lookout.

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