Coyotes reported near Brownsville airport

BROWNSVILLE — Brownsville police are urging residents to be on the lookout for possible coyotes that have been spotted near the airport.

Police spokesman J.J. Treviño on Monday said the city’s animal control division has received calls from the public regarding coyote sightings on Acacia Lake Drive not far from the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.

“We just wanted to put that out there just in case it is coyotes … we don’t have any incidents. They aren’t moving anything around in that area, so I don’t know where they are coming from,” Treviño said.

According to American Expedition, coyotes have the following characteristics:

>> Coyotes normally hunt alone or in pairs.

>> Dogs run with their tails up; coyotes run with their tails down.

>> These animals are very vocal.

>> Coyotes are very good swimmers.

>> Coyotes will eat just about anything.

>> Coyotes have excellent vision and a great sense of smell.

>> Coyotes can run about 40 miles per hour.

Although animal control officers have not seen the coyotes themselves, officials want the public to be on alert should the coyotes be out there, Treviño said.