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      Northern Notes



      Living With Coyotes                                slowly into a house or climb up on a swing, tree or deck   Coyotes Are A New Problem: False!
                                                         and yell.                                           Coyotes have been in Florida for many years and
      By O’Neal Bardin, Jr.                                Educate your neighbors. Ask them to follow these same steps.  will continue to make their homes around the state. This
      Executive Director,                                                                                  medium-sized predator is extremely adaptable, thriving in
      Northern Palm Beach                                Coexisting With Coyotes                           urban, suburban and rural areas.
      County Improvement District                                                                          Coyotes Need Our Help To Survive: False!
        A local news station                               Coyotes can be curious but are also timid and generally     People like to feed animals. However, by providing a
      recently ran a segment on                          run away if challenged. Just remember that any wild   “free lunch” for coyotes, you eliminate their natural fear
      coyote sightings in the                            animal will protect itself or its young. Never initiate a close   of humans and increase their populations. Remember … a
      Palm Beach and West Palm                           encounter with a coyote.                          fed coyote causes problems. Keep them wild!
      Beach area and residents in                          If a coyote approaches too closely, immediately act   Coyotes Can Be Totally Eliminated: False!
      our area have commented                            aggressively toward the coyote. Wave your arms, throw     Removing coyotes is an inefficient and ineffective
      on coyote sightings in the                         things like stones and shout at the coyote. If necessary,   method to control populations.  They compensate by
      past, especially around dusk                       make yourself appear larger by standing up or stepping   increasing litter size and new coyotes move into areas where
      and dawn. The following                            onto a rock, stump or stair. Convince the coyote you are a   others have been removed. Populations can quickly return
      information is from a publication by the Florida Fish   potential danger to be avoided.              to original size.
      and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the     Where coyote encounters occur regularly, walk pets at     This information was produced by the Florida Fish
      University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural   other times besides nighttime hours, dusk and dawn. Carry   and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the
      Sciences. It provides information on coyotes and their   something that will make noise or scare the animal, such as   University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural
      interaction with people:                           a solid walking stick or golf club. These things may deter   Sciences (UF/IFAS) for the people of the state of Florida
        Coyotes are found throughout Florida. This adaptable   the coyote at close range. Make a “coyote shaker” by putting   and reproduced with permission.
      animal belongs to the dog family and resembles a small   a few washers, pebbles or pennies into an empty soft drink     NPDES Tip: Please pick up after your pet. When pet
      German shepherd. In Florida, coyotes typically weigh   can. Wrap the can in foil and tape closed.    waste is washed into lakes or canals the waste decays, using
      between 15 to 30 pounds. They have pointed ears, a                                                   up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen
      narrow muzzle and a bushy tail. Males tend to be larger   Myths About Coyotes                        levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can
      than females. Coyote fur is usually grayish-brown but                                                kill fish. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage
      occasionally is black. When running, the coyote usually   Coyotes Are Extremely Dangerous: False!    weed and algae growth. Overly fertile water becomes
      holds its tail at “half-mast” or straight out behind it, unlike     There have been very few reported cases of Eastern   cloudy and green – unattractive for boating and fishing.
      most domestic dogs.                                coyotes biting people. The coyote’s innate fear of humans   Perhaps most importantly, pet waste carries diseases which
                                                         tends to keep them from getting too close.        make water unsafe.

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        The scientific name of the coyote, Canis latrans, literally
      means “barking dog.” Coyotes use a variety of vocalizations
      such as barking like dogs, but most often they are heard
      making shrill yips and howls. Howling is often a group
      effort that begins as a simple howl, but quickly increases
      into a series of group howls and high-pitched barks.
        Coyotes typically are shy and elusive, but they
      occasionally can be spotted either alone, in pairs or in small                                                                Expires 2/28/19.
      groups where food is readily available. Coyotes remain
      active year-round.                                                                                                 State Licensed & Insured
        Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem by   Serving Palm Beach County                                 CPC # 1457468 • LPG#30099
      helping to keep rodent populations under control.
      Keep Your Pets Safe


        Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small      CAMPBELL AND KARLIK, P.A.
      dogs. To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam freely.
      Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or at dusk                   ATTORNEYS AT LAW
      or dawn. During these times especially, be careful if you’re
      walking your pet in wooded areas or in heavily foliaged
      areas where coyotes could hide. Keep your dog close, on
      a short leash. Keep cats indoors. When cats wander freely,               Wills • Trusts • Estate Planning • Probate
      there’s an increased risk of them being attacked by coyotes.
      Coyotes are also attracted by garbage. Problems can be                     Taxation • Real Estate • Corporations
      significantly reduced if residents remove attractants and
      secure trash.
      Preventing Problems


        Never feed coyotes! Don’t place food outdoors that
      will attract wild animals. Clean up pet food, fallen fruit,
      and seed around bird feeders. Secure garbage cans and
      compost in animal-proof containers. Don’t try to pet a
      coyote and teach children not to approach any unfamiliar
      animal.
        Don’t let coyotes intimidate you. Frighten away coyotes
      by making loud noises and acting aggressively, such
      as waving your arms in the air, throwing sticks at it or
      spraying it with a hose. Don’t attempt to hurt it because
      injured animals are more likely to attack.
        Be aware of unusual coyote behavior. Examples of
      unusual coyote behavior include coyotes approaching                                 Diane L. KarLiK
      people, stalking pets, chasing joggers or bikers or
      attacking leashed pets.
        Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds.
      Coyotes and other animals use such areas for resting and                                                           Tel: (561) 625-5220
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        Teach  children  to  recognize  and  not  to  run  from   Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403                         EMail: dlkarlik@aol.com
      coyotes. If children are approached, have them move
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