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      Northern Notes

      Living With Coyotes                                Preventing Problems                               as a solid walking stick or golf club. These things may
                                                                                                           deter the coyote at close range. Make a “coyote shaker” by
      By O’Neal Bardin, Jr.                                 Never feed coyotes! Don’t place food outdoors that will   putting a few washers, pebbles or pennies into an empty
      Executive Director, Northern                       attract wild animals. Clean up pet food, fallen fruit, and seed   soft drink can. Wrap the can in foil and tape closed.
      Palm Beach County                                  around bird feeders. Secure garbage cans and compost in
      Improvement District                               animal-proof containers. Don’t try to pet a coyote and teach   Myths About Coyotes
         A local news  station                           children not to approach any unfamiliar animal.
      recently ran a segment on                             Don’t  let  coyotes  intimidate  you.  Frighten  away   Coyotes Are Extremely Dangerous: False!
      coyote sightings in the Palm                       coyotes by making loud noises and acting aggressively,      There have been very few reported cases of Eastern
      Beach and West Palm Beach                          such as waving your arms in the air, throwing sticks at it   coyotes biting people. The coyote’s innate fear of humans
      area and residents in our                          or spraying it with a hose. Don’t attempt to hurt it because   tends to keep them from getting too close.
      area have commented on                             injured animals are more likely to attack.        Coyotes Are A New Problem: False!
      coyote sightings in the past,                         Be  aware  of  unusual  coyote  behavior.  Examples  of      Coyotes have been in Florida for many years and
      especially around dusk and                         unusual  coyote  behavior  include  coyotes  approaching   will continue to make their homes around the state. This
      dawn. The following information is from a publication by   people, stalking pets, chasing joggers or bikers or attacking   medium-sized predator is extremely adaptable, thriving
      the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission   leashed pets.                                in urban, suburban and rural areas.
      (FWC) and the University of Florida/Institute of Food and      Close  off  crawl  spaces  under  porches  and  sheds.   Coyotes Need Our Help To Survive: False!
      Agricultural Sciences. It provides information on coyotes and   Coyotes and other animals use such areas for resting and      People like to feed animals. However, by providing a
      their interaction with people:                     raising young.                                    “free lunch” for coyotes, you eliminate their natural fear
         Coyotes are found throughout Florida. This adaptable      Teach children to recognize and not to run from   of humans and increase their populations. Remember …
      animal belongs to the dog family and resembles a small   coyotes.  If  children  are  approached,  have  them  move   a fed coyote causes problems. Keep them wild!
      German  shepherd.  In  Florida,  coyotes  typically  weigh   slowly into a house or climb up on a swing, tree or deck   Coyotes Can Be Totally Eliminated: False!
      between 15 to 30 pounds. They have pointed ears, a narrow   and yell.                                   Removing  coyotes  is  an  inefficient  and  ineffective
      muzzle and a bushy tail. Males tend to be larger than females.      Educate your neighbors. Ask them to follow these same   method  to  control  populations.  They  compensate  by
      Coyote fur is usually grayish-brown but occasionally is black.   steps.                              increasing litter size and new coyotes move into areas
      When running, the coyote usually holds its tail at “half-mast”                                       where others have been removed. Populations can quickly
      or straight out behind it, unlike most domestic dogs.   Coexisting With Coyotes                      return to original size.
         The scientific name of the coyote, Canis latrans, literally                                          This information was produced by the Florida Fish
      means “barking dog.” Coyotes use a variety of vocalizations      Coyotes can be curious but are also timid and generally   and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the
      such as barking like dogs, but most often they are heard   run away if challenged. Just remember that any wild   University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural
      making shrill yips and howls. Howling is often a group effort   animal will protect itself or its young. Never initiate a   Sciences (UF/IFAS) for the people of the state of Florida
      that begins as a simple howl, but quickly increases into a   close encounter with a coyote.          and reproduced with permission.
      series of group howls and high-pitched barks.         If a coyote approaches too closely, immediately act      NPDES Tip: Please pick up after your pet. When pet
         Coyotes  typically  are  shy  and  elusive,  but  they   aggressively toward the coyote. Wave your arms, throw   waste is washed into lakes or canals the waste decays,
      occasionally can be spotted either alone, in pairs or in small   things like stones and shout at the coyote. If necessary,   using  up  oxygen  and  sometimes  releasing  ammonia.
      groups where food is readily available. Coyotes remain active   make yourself appear larger by standing up or stepping   Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm
      year-round.                                        onto a rock, stump or stair. Convince the coyote you are   temperatures can kill fish. Pet waste also contains nutrients
         Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem by   a potential danger to be avoided.            that encourage weed and algae growth. Overly fertile
      helping to keep rodent populations under control.     Where coyote encounters occur regularly, walk pets at   water becomes cloudy and green – unattractive for boating
                                                         other times besides nighttime hours, dusk and dawn. Carry   and fishing. Perhaps most importantly, pet waste carries
                                                         something that will make noise or scare the animal, such   diseases which make water unsafe.

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