By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ >> Coyotes have been emerging from the shadows in Santa Cruz County likely because of drought conditions, worrying residents and hikers who have been reporting a rise in sightings for months.

As the clever canines creep closer and our urban boundaries expand, wildlife officials are reminding the public how to safely coexist with the native animals.

“Neighbors working together is probably the biggest thing you can do to eliminate attractive food sources,” said Conrad Jones, a California Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist and supervisor for the Bay Delta Region.

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