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Santa Clara County residents be aware ahead of coyote season, officials say

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) -- Coyotes are on the move -- video shows one, then two coyotes running free.

They were spotted Wednesday morning prowling the suburban streets of the Saratoga Hills stalking deer.

You see the pair racing over people's driveways and mailboxes. But the deer moves in on them.

“Wow a battle between the deers and the coyotes,” said San Jose resident Rudy Romero. Romero captured the whole thing on his cell phone. "I see them all the time. I'm up there 4 in the morning, 5 in the morning, when the sun comes up and I see them periodically in the neighborhoods,” he said.

City officials say coyote sightings are become more common in Saratoga.

If you come across a coyote, the city encourages residents to avoid eye contact and try to leave the area calmly.

"I've seen turkeys and deer but this is my first sightings of coyotes,” said Cupertino veterinarian Eric Griesshaber.

Griesshaber first spotted coyotes weeks ago in Cupertino heights on his way to work.

"I don't know why they're coming down or why they're more active but definitely with the cats and small animals it's definitely concerning,” said Griesshaber.

Another concern -- mountain lions. Wildlife officials caught this 60 pound female mountain lion after someone reported it crossing the area of parker ranch road in Saratoga.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's office is urging residents in Cupertino and Saratoga to be aware of these animals as it's just the start of coyote season.

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