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      Northern Notes from page 1                         coyote and teach children not to approach any unfamiliar   coyotes biting people. The coyote’s innate fear of humans
                                                         animal.                                           tends to keep them from getting too close.
      coyotes and their interaction with people:           Don’t let coyotes intimidate you. Frighten away   Coyotes Are A New Problem: False!
        Coyotes are found throughout Florida. This adaptable   coyotes by making loud noises and acting aggressively,     Coyotes have been in Florida for many years and
      animal belongs to the dog family and resembles a small   such as waving your arms in the air, throwing sticks at it   will continue to make their homes around the state. This
      German  shepherd.  In  Florida,  coyotes  typically  weigh   or spraying it with a hose. Don’t attempt to hurt it because   medium-sized predator is extremely adaptable, thriving
      between 15 to 30 pounds. They have pointed ears, a   injured animals are more likely to attack.      in urban, suburban and rural areas.
      narrow muzzle and a bushy tail. Males tend to be larger     Be  aware  of  unusual  coyote  behavior.  Examples  of   Coyotes Need Our Help To Survive: False!
      than females. Coyote fur is usually grayish-brown but   unusual coyote behavior include coyotes approaching     People like to feed animals. However, by providing a
      occasionally is black. When running, the coyote usually   people,  stalking  pets,  chasing  joggers  or  bikers  or   “free lunch” for coyotes, you eliminate their natural fear
      holds its tail at “half-mast” or straight out behind it, unlike   attacking leashed pets.            of humans and increase their populations. Remember …
      most domestic dogs.                                  Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds.   a fed coyote causes problems. Keep them wild!
        The scientific name of the coyote,  Canis latrans,   Coyotes and other animals use such areas for resting and   Coyotes Can Be Totally Eliminated: False!
      literally means “barking dog.” Coyotes use a variety of   raising young.                               Removing coyotes is an inefficient and ineffective
      vocalizations such as barking like dogs, but most often     Teach children to recognize and not to run from   method to control populations.  They compensate by
      they are heard making shrill yips and howls. Howling   coyotes. If children are approached, have them move   increasing litter size and new coyotes move into areas
      is often a group effort that begins as a simple howl, but   slowly into a house or climb up on a swing, tree or deck   where others have been removed. Populations can quickly
      quickly increases into a series of group howls and high-  and yell.                                  return to original size.
      pitched barks.                                       Educate your neighbors. Ask them to follow these same     This information was produced by the Florida Fish
        Coyotes typically are shy and elusive, but they   steps.                                           and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the
      occasionally can be spotted either alone, in pairs or in                                             University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural
      small groups where food is readily available. Coyotes   Coexisting With Coyotes                      Sciences (UF/IFAS) for the people of the state of Florida
      remain active year-round.                                                                            and reproduced with permission.
        Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem by     Coyotes can be curious but are also timid and generally     NPDES Tip: Please pick up after your pet. When pet
      helping to keep rodent populations under control.  run away if challenged. Just remember that any wild   waste is washed into lakes or canals the waste decays,
                                                         animal will protect itself or its young. Never initiate a   using up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia.
      Keep Your Pets Safe                                close encounter with a coyote.                    Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm
                                                           If a coyote approaches too closely, immediately act   temperatures can kill fish. Pet waste also contains
        Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small   aggressively toward the coyote. Wave your arms, throw   nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth. Overly
      dogs. To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam   things like stones and shout at the coyote. If necessary,   fertile water becomes cloudy and green – unattractive for
      freely. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night   make yourself appear larger by standing up or stepping   boating and fishing. Perhaps most importantly, pet waste
      or at dusk or dawn. During these times especially, be   onto a rock, stump or stair. Convince the coyote you are   carries diseases which make water unsafe.
      careful if you’re walking your pet in wooded areas or in   a potential danger to be avoided.
      heavily foliaged areas where coyotes could hide. Keep     Where coyote encounters occur regularly, walk pets
      your dog close, on a short leash. Keep cats indoors. When   at other times besides nighttime hours, dusk and dawn.
      cats wander freely, there’s an increased risk of them   Carry something that will make noise or scare the animal,
      being attacked by coyotes. Coyotes are also attracted   such as a solid walking stick or golf club. These things
      by garbage. Problems can be significantly reduced if   may deter the coyote at close range. Make a “coyote   Captain’s was established in 1980 servicing
      residents remove attractants and secure trash.     shaker” by putting a few washers, pebbles or pennies into   Palm Beach County and is a privately
                                                         an empty soft drink can. Wrap the can in foil and tape   owned and managed company.
      Preventing Problems                                closed.                                            Captain’s is committed to providing
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        Never feed coyotes! Don’t place food outdoors that   Myths About Coyotes                            ground transportation to and from all
                                                                                                            South Florida Airports and Seaports.
      will attract wild animals. Clean up pet food, fallen fruit,                                              To reserve your vehicle:    PBCVH212
      and seed around bird feeders. Secure garbage cans and   Coyotes Are Extremely Dangerous: False!       561-798-2180 or 800-634-7890
      compost in animal-proof containers. Don’t try to pet a     There have been very few reported cases of Eastern

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