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FWC Coyote Safety Tips

March 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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. Be aware that coyotes have been sighted in MetroWest, so please take appropriate steps to keep your pets safe with these FWC tips:

* Do not allow them to roam freely; keep cats indoors. Free-roaming cats are 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. 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.



March 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm