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Coyotes chase after California man and his dog

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A security camera caught a pack of coyotes running through a California neighborhood. (Source: KTLA/CNN) A security camera caught a pack of coyotes running through a California neighborhood. (Source: KTLA/CNN)

BURBANK, CA (KTLA/CNN) - A southern California neighborhood is on alert for a wild pack of coyotes have been seen racing through the streets the past several nights.

The coyotes are so brazen that they even chased a man walking his dog, which was caught on security camera.

A few nights before coyotes chased him, Nick Mendoza heard coyotes attack another animal.

"I actually was woken up to screaming animal being killed," Mendoza said.

During that terrifying night, the Burbank resident woke up to see seven or eight coyotes running like horses outside his window.

He says when he went outside the coyotes were everywhere.

"That was scariest night, to hear animal dying difficult experience," Mendoza said.

That wasn't the last time he saw them. A couple of nights later, he took his 130-pound dog for a walk and says he ran into a pack of at least 15.

"I started making noises, screaming at them, yelling at them, they would not respond. They stood their ground and started advancing, that's when I really got nervous," he said.

Mendoza didn't think he would be able to get his elderly dog home fast enough, but he did - barely.

"As soon as I put him away they caught up to me. There were five of them," he said.

He went back outside with a shovel to scare them away, but they didn't go far. So Mendoza kept trying to shoo them off, even throwing lemons at the animals.

He finally broke up the pack when he drove down the street flashing his high beams.

"They were hunting in a pack. That's very scary, that's when my heart started pounding. It's the first time I've seen that many so quickly," he said.

But he's worried they'll be back.

"This is a new problem. Usually what happens is you make yourself large, you throw something, yell or scream. We aren't natural prey for them, but it's very sad that things have gotten to a state that they've chased a dog and human that's much larger than them," Mendoza said.

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