Officials at the Cape Cod National Seashore are threatening to close a parking lot in Provincetown because people have been feeding coyotes, prompting the animals to start begging at cars.

Seashore chief ranger Leslie Reynolds says nine coyotes were spotted begging at cars one night last month at Herring Cove Beach.

He tells the Cape Cod Times rangers have found dog food and piles of fish guts and heads in the area, which indicates deliberate attempts to feed coyotes.

He says signs have been posted warning people not to feed wild animals and patrols have been doubled. It that does not work, the lot will be closed.

Roberto Aguilar of the Cape Wildlife Center says wild animals should not be fed, which causes them to lose their fear of humans.

[Associated Press]

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