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Coyote and Wildlife Notice

January 12

Have you heard about, or perhaps seen, a coyote in our community? According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), coyotes are found throughout Florida and are now considered to be a naturalized species in all 67 Florida counties. It’s important to keep our pets safe from coyotes, so follow these FWC tips:

  • Do not allow them to roam freely; keep cats indoors. Free-roaming cats are at a high risk of being preyed upon by coyotes and other animals.
  • Walk small dogs on a short leash that is less than six feet long, especially at night, dusk or dawn.
  • Be extra careful if you are going to walk your pet in a wooded area that has heavy foliage, where coyotes may rest.
  • If pets are kept in a fenced yard, be sure the fence is at least 6 feet high to deter coyotes from jumping over it and check the bottom of the fence regularly to ensure there are no holes where coyotes can get underneath.
  • Remove attractants from around your home, including pet food and unsecured garbage left outside. Problems with coyotes can be significantly reduced if residents remove attractants and secure trash.


January 12