LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- The United States Department of Agriculture is investigating a surge of coyote attacks in Lakewood.
The Oakbrook neighborhood reports 25 cats and dogs have been killed by coyotes in the last few months. Missing pet signs are posted throughout the neighborhood. Golfers at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club say the coyotes are becoming more fearless.
"They won't even get out of the way of golfers," said Bob DeBoom.
Liane Hickey has lost three cats to coyotes.
"One came right up to our back porch and made eye contact with my husband. There was no fear," said Hickey. She says her greatest fear is that a coyote will mistake a child for a pet.
Margretchen Fuesler watched coyotes kill two of her dogs. She saw one carried away in the coyote's mouth.
"I could hear my dog screaming and it was too late for me to save them," she said.
20 neighbors have banded together to hire a professional trapper.
The USDA warns people not to feed the coyotes or leave garbage unsecured. It also urges people in the Oakbrook neighborhood not to leave pets unattended at night.