CHICAGO (CBS) — Experts say coyotes are here to stay with plenty of prey to sustain the growing population.

There are some things you ought to know about the predators.

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With a coyote population estimated at around 2,000 in the Chicago area, encounters with people and pets are becoming more common.

Some experiences are showing coyotes are getting bold, showing less fear.

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That, experts say, is a problem.

They say you should never run from a coyote. Instead, stand up to them and get loud and wave your arms.

A 12-year study of coyotes in the Chicago area has found that they mostly eat rodents and geese when they can catch them. However, a small percentage of their diet is cats. And, if given the opportunity, they will eat small dogs as well.

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