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Coyote attacks spur Denver man to take action

A recent surge in coyote attacks new Greenwood Village has led to the city hiring a local contractor to eliminate the problem.

Jay Stewart, a primary employee of Animal Damage Control Wildlife Management Services has been tracking and evaluating coyote's aggressiveness and if they fail to pass the test, he manages the situation with one of his .22-caliber guns.

According to The New York Times, it is estimated that thousands of coyotes have moved into metropolitan areas over the last two decades, drawn to ample food sources and escaping hunters, traps and other perils of rural life.

The issue was said to have spiked interest after an attack on a 14-year-old boy near Westlands Park.

"It's important to understand, in the first place, who is encroaching on whose territory," Peter Ingram columnist for The Denver Post said. "In all honesty, the coyotes were here first, and we are the intruders, we are the ones who have fractionalized their numbers and pushed them into the few open spaces and parks remaining."