TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A coyote caught on camera playing with a dog in Tempe Sunday might have been killed by Arizona Game and Fish later that day.
“We hate doing this. This was sad for us,” said Amy Burnett, a spokeswoman for the agency.
Burnett says that only eight houses down from where the viral video was shot, a coyote bit a woman’s pant leg on Sunday.
A Game and Fish officer responded to the Shalimar neighborhood in Tempe, when he stumbled upon another coyote incident unfolding in front of him.
“A coyote that was actually following a woman, and the woman was calling 911 on that coyote,” Burnett said.
It was then that the Game and Fish Officer decided the animal needed to be killed.
“This is a tragic, preventable incident,” Burnett said. “If people stop feeding, we’ll have fewer of these kinds of things happen.”
While the agency says it’s very difficult to know if the coyote they killed and the one in the video are the same, they both were too comfortable around humans.
“That familiarity sometimes escalates to aggression,” Burnett said.
So to keep these animals wild and alive, Game and Fish advises to leave them alone.