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Coyote sighted in field by Bellevue shopping center

Posted at 3:14 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 19:59:11-04

BELELVUE, Neb. (KMTV) - There was a wildlife sighting in a busy area of Bellevue.

Anna Marie Mistanoglu took photos of a coyote on Monday afternoon in Bellevue.

It was walking back and forth between the Goodwill and Neighborhood WalMart on Capehart Road.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says coyotes live on the outskirts of urban areas year round by grass, woodlands, and near creeks.

They add that some may not be startled by humans or cars because they’re around them a lot.

Mistanoglu says she’s never seen one that close.

"I just thought it was weird and especially during the day. They’re nocturnal so I thought it was really weird it was running around in the field during the day," she said.

Another woman took a video of seemingly the same coyote later that day.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says keep your dogs on leashes if you encounter one because both animals are territorial and they don't typically approach humans. Also don't feed coyotes if you see them.