GRANVILLE, W.Va. -- U.S. Department of Agriculture employees have killed eight coyotes in a hilltop shopping center complex near Morgantown. They aren't sure how many remain nearby.
The Monongalia County town of Granville hired the USDA under a $2,600 contract last year to kill as many as 10 coyotes believed to be living behind the Wal-Mart at University Town Centre.
They were suspected of taking small animals and trash from the complex.
Municipal Administrator Ron Snyder tells The Dominion Post the coyotes were shot at night and away from shoppers.
Residents have been advised to keep their pets leashed and vaccinated against rabies.