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Recent encounters with coyotes within the city have alarmed some Douglasville City Council members.

“They’re running rampant in the city,” exclaimed Councilman John Schildroth during a legislative work session Monday. Schildroth said he saw two coyotes cross Rose Avenue near downtown recently and Councilman Dennis McLain said a coyote approached him on another city street.

City Manager Bill Osborne said packs of coyotes have been sighted running in Hunter Park, emerging from the back of the courthouse on Hospital Drive through a culvert and a creek into the downtown area. Police Chief Chris Womack said coyotes are not a big problem and there have been no reports of aggression.