SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A coyote took a small dog from a home on the northwest outskirts of Sioux Falls over the weekend causing the city’s animal control department to start several measures to trap or haze the predator.

Julie DeJong, animal control supervisor for the city, said the dog was taken by the coyote about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

She advised residents in the area to keep small pets on a six-foot lease and monitor them when they are outside.

She said the hazing or scare tactics that can be used on the coyote are yelling and waving arms, making loud noises such banging pots and pans, spraying the coyote with water and vinegar or  throwing rocks and sticks.

She said coyotes are naturally timid and normally run away if confronted. However, she said they can become aggressive if they have a lack of fear for humans.

DeJong said the 20 to 30 pound coyotes eat a variety of foods such as bugs, mice, bird eggs, fruit, squirrels, rabbits, bird seed, pet food and garbage.