Police Kill Coyotes in Iowa City Area

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By Becky Ogann

IOWA CITY (AP) - An animal rescue official is disagreeing with a decision by police in the Iowa City area to shoot two coyotes, including one that showed up at tailgate party.

Misha Goodman of the Iowa City/Coralville Animal Care and Adoption Center says coyotes aren't a problem.

University Heights police say they were protecting people and at least one dog.

Police Chief Ron Fort says a coyote visited some tailgate parties during the Iowa-Minnesota football game and started stealing food from coolers. Fort says he tried to chase the coyote away, and when it didn't work, he shot it.

Fort says another coyote was shot the next day when it attacked a dog.

Goodman says the animal care center has set out a trap and is trying to track the animals to prevent them from being shot.

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