TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - It's not something you see every day: a wild coyote in the middle of a street playing with a dog in a Tempe neighborhood Sunday morning.

An Arizona's Family viewer captured the encounter on camera as the coyote and her neighbor's Airedale chased each other in the street. The neighborhood is near Price Road and Southern Avenue.

The video showed the coyote wagging its tail and the two seemingly playing together like they are old friends.

[RAW VIDEO: Dog and wild coyote play together in Tempe neighborhood]

The viewer said she was somewhat nervous being close to the coyote, but it seemed more tame than terrifying.

"They were just running around the street, just back and forth playing," said Cassandra Collett, who recorded the moment. "It looked very playful to me." 

However, some viewers messaged Arizona's Family to say they were concerned that the coyote was trying to lure the dog away to kill it. 

So, was that the case? 

We asked the experts at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. 

They say coyotes do attack when they feel threatened or are nursing puppies, and have been known to lure dogs away from their owners.

But Linda Searles, the director of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, says this instance was pure play. 

"You can see the coyote doing a play bow," Searles said. "He's not showing any aggression at all. He and the dog have formed a relationship, and they're having a good time playing." 

Still, Searles advises all dogs owners to keep their pets on a leash when there might be coyotes nearby because wild animals can be unpredictable. She also says humans should never approach or feed coyotes in the wild. 

"We don't want to encourage them to see humans as friends," Searles said. 

 


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