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Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them.

Local trapper Chuck Parker cautioned Wednesday night that the animals are not about to disappear and actually have some benefits for humans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Parker, who owns a wildlife control business, was asked to brief the Gretna council because of the uptick in sightings.

A Gretna police officer is recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting during an apparent drug deal that a task force was trying to thwart.

Two suspects were also shot.

Gretna Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana tells WWL-TV that members of a West Bank task force were trying to intercept an alleged heroin deal at a strip mall around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Christiana says an officer was shot in the arm and abdomen. Christiana credits a military-style armored vest with aiding the officer from more serious injury.