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Coyote snatches woman's 15-year-old Chihuahua

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A coyote grabbed a woman's Chihuahua as she and her dog were walking in the Willow Wood community in south Orange County.

Residents said the attack has them on edge because two schools are nearby.

Cel Lincoln said she didn't think anything of her usual morning walk with her 2-year-old pug, Henry, and her 15- year-old Chihuahua, Zuki on Sunday.

Lincoln said Henry started to get restless on his leash, pulling her along and growling.

"'What's the matter, Henry?'" and as I was turning this way, I saw that thing," Lincoln said.

Lincoln said the coyote was stalking her Chihuahua that wasn't on a leash.

She said the coyote snapped at Zuki, snatching the Chihuahua in its mouth and took off.

"All I heard was 'yeppp' and I said, 'Zuki!'" said Lincoln.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it's not uncommon for coyotes to prey on small dogs.

However, officials did say it was unusual for the dog to be snatched away while with the owner.

FWC said it plans to put a sign in the community, but it doesn’t usually trap coyotes.

Neighbors find the whole thing shocking since it's not a rural area and there aren't very many dense areas of forest for coyotes to live.

"We're all dog-lovers and animal lovers, and that's a pretty scary proposition," said neighbor Kevin Weickel.

"A kid with a bologna sandwich and a backpack could be good prey," said dog owner Bob Lincoln.

Nearby Turnberry Woods and Torey Pines communities have also reported coyotes in the area and suspect them in other animal deaths.

FWC said shouting and making noise will usually scare a coyote away.