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Coyote Spotted In Pleasant Valley

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Viewer photo of coyote on Mississippi River in Pleasant Valley, IA Viewer photo of coyote on Mississippi River in Pleasant Valley, IA

The deep freeze last week had wildlife in the area on the move, including a coyote that was spotted in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

A KWQC TV-6 viewer submitted a photograph of what is believed to be a coyote walking on the frozen Mississippi River, about a mile and a half south of Lock and Dam 14. The man who submitted the photo said he saw three of the animals, which look similar to a wolf or a large dog.

We contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer in Scott County. Ed Kocal took a look at the picture and said it is definitely a coyote. However, he has not received any other reports of the animals being seen in Scott County.

Kocal said it's not unusual to see the animals closer to town, especially during cold, snowy winters where food may be harder to find. He warns, "If you have small dogs or cats that go out after dark, you may want to be protective of them if you are near wooded areas or other natural habitats where coyotes frequent."