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MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH -  Middleburg Heights Police got an unusual call Friday afternoon.

A coyote tried to walk into the Marc's in Middleburg Heights and got stuck trying to get into an exit door.

But police say, that wasn't his first stop.

Employees of the nearby Giant Eagle in the Southland Shopping Center called police to report a coyote, as well.

"When I got there, the coyote was stuck in between the door and the railway.  It was frozen in fear," said Laura Takacs, animal control officer.

Takacs took the coyote to her office and consulted with ODNR.

Together, they concluded that the coyote was most likely sick with distemper.

"If I would have re-released him and he came back and bit somebody or got in the store, that would have been horrible, so I had to humanely euthanize him," said Takacs.

Despite the unusual circumstances, Takas says coyote sightings are not uncommon this time of year.

However, she says coyotes can still pose a threat.

"If you do have small dogs or cats, keep them inside.  Keep animals on leashes and watch them this time of year," said Takacs.

Photo courtesy: Middleburgh Heights animal control

Photo courtesy: Middleburgh Heights animal control

Photo courtesy: Middleburgh Heights animal control

Photo courtesy: Middleburgh Heights animal control