LYNDHURST, Ohio-- Coyote sightings are on the rise in Lyndhurst and the neighborhoods bordering the Metroparks Acacia Reservation.
Experts said the coyotes are producing puppies and defending their dens so they can be very aggressive.
"Actually last week we removed seven pups from a location so they are starting to have their offspring," said Scott Adams, co-owner of “ANS” animal control.
Adams said his company has received numerous calls from people who are scared and want the coyotes removed from their neighborhood.
"Caught one here in Lyndhurst. It was in a good area. We could do something. We took advantage of the situation to remove it,” said Adams.
Some residents walking their dogs along Meadow Wood Blvd. said they've heard about coyotes in the area so they are taking precautions to keep their animals safe.
"I wouldn't leave him in the backyard without watching him," said Jim Landis of “ANS” animal control.
At the Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation, they have signs that say this is a coyote habitat area and also gives you instructions on what to do if a coyote approaches you.
"I actually saw the signs in Acacia and they say don't turn your back if you do see one. Don't turn your back on them. Keep your eyes on them and slowly back away from them and you should be fine," said Landis.
Dr. Terry Robison is the Cleveland Metroparks director of natural resources.
He said right now coyotes are in their breeding season, so they are very protective of their puppies.
"They are like good parents and like any good parent they are taking care of their kids so this is the time of year when they will challenge people, especially when they are walking their dog. So we want to make people aware of that. It's a good time to educate people coyotes can be a little more aggressive in protecting their den, " said Dr. Robison.