WESTON - Wildlife officials in Weston say the snow is one of the reasons why they've been getting multiple calls of coyote sightings daily from residents who have seen them in backyards and parking lots around town.

The snow and cold weather have kept the coyotes from getting to smaller animals, which has made obtaining food more difficult for them. "They're always sniffing around, looking for something under the snow," says Weston resident Tom Conti, who says he's seen as many as five coyotes in his backyard.

There hasn?t been any coyote attacks on people or animals this year, but Weston Animal Control officer Mark Harper says it's still important for residents to exercise caution, especially if they have pets or young children.