ANAHEIM (CBS) — Coyotes roaming around the city of Anaheim have neighbors worried about run-ins between the wild animals and service dogs for the blind.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports at least three coyotes have been seen in vacant lots and backyards near the Braille Institute of Orange County, prompting animal control officials to issue an alert.

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Local resident Randy, who drives the area along Dale Ave. early in the morning, has seen them as well.

“They were trying to get back to where they were living here in the neighborhood in this large nursery under the high-tension wires,” he said.

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Neighbors are worried the animals are growing bolder in their attacks and may pose a risk to pets or small children.

Officials advised residents to avoid leaving out trash or pet food, to keep their pets inside their homes, and to avoid contact with the coyotes.

A spate of recent coyote incidents in Altadena and Laguna Woods has prompted more communities to consider various solutions to keeping the animals away from residents and pets.

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Currently there are no official plans to trap, relocate or kill the animals, officials said.