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      Northern Notes

      Living With Coyotes                                  Coyotes typically are shy and elusive, but they
                                                         occasionally can be spotted either alone, in pairs or in
      By Katie Roundtree,                                small groups where food is readily available. Coyotes
      Finance Director, Northern                         remain active year-round and play an important role in the
      Palm Beach County                                  ecosystem by helping to keep rodent populations under
      Improvement District                               control.
        Local news recently                              Keep Your Pets Safe
      ran a segment on coyote                              Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small
      sightings in the Palm Beach                        dogs. To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam
      area and residents in our                          freely. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night
      area have commented on                             or at dusk or dawn. During these times especially, be
      coyote sightings in the past,                      careful if you’re walking your pet in wooded areas or in
      especially  around  dusk                           heavily foliaged areas where coyotes could hide. Keep
      and dawn. The following                            your dog close, on a short leash. Keep cats indoors. When
      information is from a                              cats wander freely, there’s an increased risk of them being
      publication by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation   attacked by coyotes. Coyotes are also attracted to garbage.
      Commission (FWC) and the University of Florida/Institute   Problems can be significantly reduced if residents remove     Teach children to recognize and not to run from coyotes.
      of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It provides information   attractants and secure trash.           If children are approached, have them move slowly into a
      on coyotes and their interaction with people.      Preventing Problems                               house or climb up on a swing, tree or deck and yell.
      Living With Coyotes                                  Never feed coyotes! Don’t place food outdoors that will     Educate your neighbors. Ask them to follow these same
        Coyotes are found throughout Florida. This adaptable   attract wild animals. Clean up pet food, fallen fruit, and   steps.
      animal belongs to the dog family and resembles a small   seed around bird feeders. Secure garbage cans and compost   Coexisting With Coyotes
      German  shepherd.  In  Florida,  coyotes  typically  weigh   in animal-proof containers. Don’t try to pet a coyote and     Coyotes can be curious but are also timid and generally
      between 15 to 30 pounds. They have pointed ears, a   teach children not to approach any unfamiliar animal.   run  away  if  challenged.  Just  remember  that  any  wild
      narrow muzzle and a bushy tail. Males tend to be larger     Don’t let coyotes intimidate you. Frighten away coyotes   animal will protect itself or its young. Never initiate a close
      than females. Coyote fur is usually grayish-brown but   by making loud noises and acting aggressively, such   encounter with a coyote.
      occasionally is black. When running, the coyote usually   as waving your arms in the air, throwing sticks at it or     Where coyote encounters occur regularly, walk pets at
      holds its tail at “half mast” or straight out behind it, unlike   spraying it with a hose. Don’t attempt to hurt it because   other times besides nighttime hours, dusk and dawn. Carry
      most domestic dogs.                                injured animals are more likely to attack.        something that will make noise or scare the animal, such as
        The scientific name of the coyote,  Canis latrans,     Be  aware  of  unusual  coyote  behavior.  Examples  of   a solid walking stick or golf club. These things may deter
      literally means “barking dog.” Coyotes use a variety of   unusual coyote behavior include coyotes approaching   the coyote at close range. Make a “coyote shaker” by putting
      vocalizations such as barking like dogs, but most often   people,  stalking  pets,  chasing  joggers  or  bikers  or   a few washers, pebbles or pennies into an empty soft drink
      they are heard making shrill yips and howls. Howling   attacking leashed pets.                       can. Wrap the can in foil and tape closed.
      is often a group effort that begins as a simple howl, but     Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds.   Myths About Coyotes
      quickly increases into a series of group howls and high-  Coyotes and other animals use such areas for resting and   Coyotes Are Extremely Dangerous: False!
      pitched barks.                                     raising young.                                      There have been very few reported cases of Eastern
                                                                                                           coyotes biting people. The coyote’s innate fear of humans
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         ALL                                                        Locally Owned & Operated               Coyotes Are A New Problem: False!

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                                                                                                           sized predator is extremely adaptable, thriving in urban,
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                                                                                                           Coyotes Need Our Help To Survive: False!

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                                                                                                             Removing coyotes is an inefficient and ineffective method
                                                                                                           to control populations. They compensate by increasing litter
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                                                                                                           waste is washed into lakes or canals the waste decays, using
                                                                                                           up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen
                                                                                                           levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can
                                                                                                           kill fish. Pet waste also contains nutrients that encourage
                                                                                                           weed and algae growth. Overly fertile water becomes cloudy
                                                                                                           and green – unattractive for boating and fishing. Perhaps
                                                                                                           most importantly, pet waste carries diseases which make
                                                                                                           water unsafe.
                                                                                                             This information was produced by the Florida Fish and
                                                                                                           Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the University
                                                                                                           of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/
                                                                                                           IFAS) for the people of the state of Florida and is reproduced
                                                                                                           with permission.

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