Deerfield-News. com-Deerfield Beach, Fl- Once again driving in Century Village I have seen multiple Coyotes this week. I am glad to see that Century Villages newspaper The CVE Reporter is taking the issue about coyotes seriously and has information in their November issue on page 49.
There certainly is no shortage of coyotes in Deer Creek, Century Village, Deer Run, Independence Bay, and The Cove just to mention a few neighborhoods that have coyotes with dens. Those who read Deerfield-News.com know we have posted many times the information the state of Florida suggests when it comes to dealing with Coyotes.
Today the Pembroke Pines Police issued warnings to residents as they had a coyote sighting near a school.
I am posting AGAIN  only because many of the sightings I have seen are not far from people who were oblivious that coyotes were within yards. In Century Village saw two coyotes less than 100 feet from a man walking his dog last month and he had no idea the coyote was that close.
I have had several emails in the week from readers about coyotes or asking questions if I knew if there were coyotes near them. Yes, there are coyotes all over the city and all over Florida.
Now 49 years ago I do not remember 29 years ago I do not remember even 9 years ago coyote sightings and attacks mostly on pets were not a thing here in Deerfield Beach. But as the overbuilding in Florida has encroached on their neighborhoods and habitat they are coming to ours.
Below is information from The State of Florida Wildlife Commission about Living With Coyotes. Please read.

Living with Coyotes-

Coyotes in Florida: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Coyotes are medium-sized mammals in the same family as dogs, wolves and foxes. Their fur is generally salt-and-pepper gray, with tan or brown patches. They have a thick, bushy tail, long, pointy nose and pointy ears. Adults in Florida weigh between 20 and 35 pounds on average, and males are generally larger and heavier than females.

Coyotes are found in several habitat types and are common in rural, suburban, and even some urban landscapes. According to a 2007 FWC report, the presence of coyotes has been documented in all 67 Florida counties.

Encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often. As coyotes become used to people, they may lose some fear of people, so sightings of coyotes during the day may increase. Coyotes also become more difficult to scare away if they lose their fear of people. But, like other wild animals, that tendency will vary from one coyote to another.

Coyote attacks on dogs and cats have been reported in Florida. In some cases, pet owners were present at the time of the attack. However, no humans have been the target of attacks in Florida.

Coyotes are not large animals and rarely pose a threat to people, especially adults.  Using common sense around coyotes and other carnivores is the best protection against having problems. If a coyote approaches you, immediately use a noisemaker or shout at the coyote and wave your arms. A solid walking stick or a golf club is a powerful deterrent at close range. Throwing stones, a strong spray from a water hose, pepper spray, or a paintball gun also can be good deterrents. A “coyote shaker” or an air horn can be effective noisemakers. You can make a coyote shaker by placing a few washers, pebbles or pennies in an empty drink container.

Adults should yell loudly and then move toward the coyote. In many cases, an adult who yells and approaches quickly can startle the coyote. That can give the adult a chance to lift the child as quickly as possible. That adult then should be prepared to back away from the coyote while being ready to defend himself, if necessary.

Don’t allow your dogs or cats to roam freely. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or in the early evening and early morning hours (that is, dusk and dawn). During those times especially, be careful if you’re going to walk your pet in wooded areas or areas where there are a lot of other plants growing, which could conceal coyotes. Also, keep your dog close and on a short leash that is less than six feet. Keep cats indoors. When cats roam freely their risk of injury from coyotes, domestic dogs, and other threats is greatly increased.

Be cautious if you are going to pick up your pet when you see a coyote. Picking up a pet may stop a coyote attack, but it can also lead to a situation in which an aggressive coyote continues to go after that pet while in the arms of a person.

A well-maintained fence may assist in keeping coyotes out of yards. If pets are kept in a fenced yard, be sure the fence is at least six feet high to deter coyotes from jumping over it. Also, check the bottom of the fence regularly to make sure there are no holes that would allow coyotes to get underneath. Consider adding an electrified fence if you think additional protection is needed.

You can report the incident to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling the FWC regional office nearest to you or by calling 888-404-3922.

The most effective ways to reduce problems with coyotes involve removing food or other attractants. Seeing a coyote in your area should not be a cause for concern because coyotes are common and will continue to exist near humans. However, if a coyote has lost its fear of humans or continues to be a problem, lethal control measures may be necessary. Such methods should be directed at specific coyotes or toward coyotes in a specific area.

Hunting and trapping are allowable methods year round for dealing with coyotes on private lands in Florida, or a professional trapper can be hired to remove coyotes. An FWC permit is required use steel traps.

The FWC does not license nuisance wildlife trappers but does maintain a list of trappers that have registered their contact information. The USDA Wildlife Services also can provide assistance with wildlife trapping; call 866-487-3297.


From- West Boca News.com-www.westbocanews.com
Need HELP!!! WE BELIEVE a Coyote is killing our colony of cats and we need help! One was spotted in area. All our cats are fixed under the PBC Ordinance as well as approximately 11 cats RESCUED VETTED and found homes thru Darbster Foundation.
We are missing 8 cats now and are really traumatized!
This is West Boca near Palmetto.
WE need help and would like to know if there is a company licensed to set a trap!
I am friends with Officer Black at Animal Care and Control but I doubt if the County will address this matter.
Thank You!
Jane Springston