MINOT, N.D. -- Coyotes have been seen within Minot for several years and more always seem to move in during the winter months.

Recently a sighting of a coyote in northwest Minot, has caused some concern for homeowners who let their pets out into their backyards.

Glory Kramlich had one such encounter recently after letting her miniature dachshund, Hildie, outside. "It was about sunset. I heard her bark, which she never does," she said. "I looked and there was a coyote about 10 feet from her. I screamed and it ran away."

One of Kramlich's neighbors, also owners of a small dog, alerted the Kramlichs to a similar experience. To date though, there are apparently no reports of missing animals attributed to coyotes in the city.

"We were never a wildlife refuge but we are becoming one," remarked Kramlich in jest. "My neighbor saw the coyote and was kind of startled."

Coyotes fall under the umbrella of what has become known as "nuisance" animals in the city. Minot City Council is currently examining what response, if any, is necessary.

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