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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:00 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Fri Nov 8, 2013.

Another Twin Creeks resident has reported seeing coyotes around the neighborhood.

Matthew Shoemake said he's seen a pack of coyotes at Twin Creeks Golf Club, and that his wife, Bobbie, counted six of them while shooting video of them laying around the course. He's also been serenaded by the animals at night.

“I thought you’d be interested in knowing there’s a pack of coyotes on the Twin Creeks golf course that has been coming up to the residential neighborhoods at dusk and during the night,” Shoemake wrote in an email to the Allen American. “We’ve lived in Allen for 13 years, and we’ve never seen a pack like this. We’ve also never seen them be so bold in coming right up to the houses. Last night, a pack of at least six coyotes was howling within feet of our house. Today, we see those coyotes basking in the sun, presumably waiting for the sun to go down, so they can enter the back of residences again. We’ve heard animals shrieking, and the coyotes howling as they kill their prey.”

The golf course is flanked by neighborhoods and is near Rowlett Creek, which would make it an attractive area for coyotes. The video was shot from Shoemake's house on Laredo Circle on Wednesday, a day after he heard the coyotes howling along his fence line.

Shoemake called Allen Animal Control to tell them about the animals and wasn't pleased with the response.

“The most interesting revelation for me came yesterday,” he said. “When I called animal control and told them about the large number, I realized that citizens are on their own to deal with these coyotes. Neither animal control nor the Allen Police Department are going to come out unless the animal appears sick. It doesn’t seem to matter if there are a large number or if they are in the residential areas of Allen.”

That fits with what Allison Harper, city animal control supervisor, said after the original coyote sighting. The animals are not much of a threat to people, and according to the Humane Society of the United States, there have been only two reported cases in the U.S. and  Canada of people being killed by coyotes. Per their website:

“One involved a child in Southern California in the 1980s and the other a 19-year old woman in Nova Scotia in 2009 [named Taylor Mitchell]. These events, rare as they are, are serious and warrant serious response.”

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  • Lauraslawns posted at 4:34 pm on Mon, Nov 11, 2013.

    Lauraslawns Posts: 2

    I have seen a pack of wolves during mid day in the field east of Custer between 15th Street and Park Blvd. Just sitting enjoing the sun.

  • Tree posted at 10:21 am on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    Tree Posts: 1

    We live near you and see / hear the coyotes often. We also have seen the neighborhood bobcat. Just leave them alone and don't worry about them. They keep the rabbit / rodent population down and they will keep their distance from you. Your only danger would be if you let your pets roam loose!