Alleged Coyote Spotted in Residential Neighborhood

Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Melinda Zosh

Campbell Co., VA - A coyote sighting has one Campbell County neighborhood on edge. Folks at Braxton Park Apartment Complex are now on alert after getting a letter from management telling them a coyote was spotted nearby.

The Association Manager says all owners and residents need to be extremely cautious while they work to resolve the matter.

Resident Whitney Gray says she was shocked.

"I was like oh my gosh I was a little scared," she said.

Gray is a mom to a small child and Precious, her dog.

"I have a 9-month-old and I have a little Chihuahua, so I just have to be careful," Gray said.

The letter specifically points out adults should not leave kids or pets outside unattended.

"It's scary; they can come up and take one of these kids, because I watch the kids play out here all day long and you don't know," Braxton Park resident Sharon Godsey said.

Godsey says she heard the coyotes.

"I heard something out in the back, I didn't know what it was and my sister said, 'What is that?' and I thought it was some wild cats or something," Godsey said. "I got the letter in the mail and I told my husband - that's what that was out there. Cause it was worse than wild cats. There was two."

According to the letter, a resident claims a coyote came up to him and his dog.

"The fact that he supposedly had approached a guy with his dog - that's pretty crazy, a little bit scary to think that you could be walking down the street and a coyote approach you," resident Jordan Harvey said.

Residents say they are taking precautions.

It's scary because I'm not going to let my dog go out in the backyard and run now, because they can just come and take him and go," Godsey said.

"A little bit uneasy, not too terribly worried about it. Maybe if I were out at night, it would be a different story," Harvey said.

ABC 13 News contacted Hall Associates, and our call was not returned. We did speak with the brother of the builder who said he is confident it was not a coyote. He says it was likely a gray fox. But management is still asking people to call Animal Control if they see it.