TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It is an animal that isn't always the easiest to spot, preferring to roam at night in the wild searching for food and in some cases a roadrunner. But one coyote is staking his claim to Tyler, spotted just days ago in the 500 block of First Street, a few blocks from Bergfeld Park.
In the 15 years Dwayne Cox has lived at his home on the brick streets of Tyler he has had his share of surprising guests.
"There's been a couple times when we've seen a raccoon around here or a possum," he said.
Now, he can add one more to the list.
"In my front yard not 10 yards away it was obviously a coyote," Cox said.
And, Cox was not talking about the one on TV.
"I'm still not sure what to think about it," he said. "Got my grandson. He was up. He thought I was kidding at first."
It was no joke. Cox captured the critter on camera.
"He was sitting on his haunches checking out the neighborhood," Cox said. "He sat there and looked around at us a couple times."
"We're looking at a very hungry coyote," said Game Warden Larry Hand.
He confirmed the exploring coyote may not be far from home.
"Coyotes are extremely adaptable to various surroundings," said Hand.
Spotted in cities nationwide, Hand says hunger brings the nocturnal critters closer.
"If they're hungry enough and something's small and they can snatch and go then they're going to take a lunch to go," he said.
"It goes without saying, I kept my cats in the house for a while," said Cox.
The visiting coyote didn't stay long. With a quick look at Cox, he was gone down a nearby alley.
"I think that's a once in a lifetime experience, especially in this part of town, and see 'Wile E. Coyote' sitting in the front yard," said Cox.
Game wardens say seeing nocturnal animals during the day is rare and can be a sign of disease, but animals appearing to be healthy that behave like this particular coyote by avoiding humans shouldn't pose a problem.