Some residents have started using Google maps to keep track of coyote sightings.
We’ve been telling you about the recent uptick in coyotes in the bungalow districts.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission does not track/count coyotes in the state so residents have taken it upon themselves to do so.
Right now on the map, there are 15 sightings of coyotes and 15 missing or dead pets.
Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small dogs. The fish and wildlife commission advises:
To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam freely. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or at dusk or dawn. During these times especially, be careful if you’re walking your pet in wooded areas or in heavily foliaged areas where coyotes could hide. Keep your dog close, on a short leash. Keep cats indoors. When cats wander freely, there’s an increased risk of them being attacked by coyotes. Coyotes are also attracted by garbage. Problems can be significantly reduced if residents remove attractants and secure trash.
You can see the latest sightings and add to the map by clicking here.
Bungalower Great idea along with safety tips. Perhaps more links to pet safety too. Where I lived in FL I worried more about gators!
Does Melody still have her regeneration powers?
Just think how the coyotes felt when the land that they called home was taken from them. We encroached on their land and now get angry at them for having to adapt?
I had already put Patches in.
Let me know if you find updated research but all of the information I have seen points to the fact that you can’t/shouldn’t remove them. The cities up north have been dealing with this for much longer than we have. Harriet, where is that?
Great point, Alison. Something needs to be done.
Scott Fosgate-keep those pups inside! 😉
Is that really from 1975? Kinda outdated then.
Jon Schmedinghoff ok not wolves like I heard but coyotes are concerning!
Debby – did you see this map?
Please, please, please keep your cats indoors. They should not have to fight coyotes, raccoons, possums or cars.
Bull, up where I am vacationing, they get rid of the damn things. Don’t believe what they tell you.
Not sure how to post on the map but one was on our walkway two mornings ago around 5:00am at Eastin and Shady lane
Please post all coyote sightings and missing or dead pets on the map!
FYI, I saw one this morning at 5am at the corner of University and Yale.
Chel, I’m not sure there is much that can be done. From what we have been told if you remove one, others nearby will just fill their spot.
“Many eradication programs have been attempted in other North American cities and all have proven to be expensive failures. Even the best eradication efforts can not remove all of the coyotes and research has proven that such eradication will cause the remaining coyotes to increase reproduction, creating larger litters. Thus, removal programs lead to increased reproduction by the remaining
coyote populations and populations quickly meet or exceed pre-control numbers. ‘To suppress a coyote population over the long term, more than 75% of the coyotes would need to be removed annually.'” (Connolly
& Longhurst 1975)
We lost our cat to these coyotes right on our front doorstep in early August. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will do nothing but put out “Learning to Live with Urban Coyotes” pamphlets. They do not belong here in the middle of the city. After having made several attempts with the commission over the phone, there is no action being taken to remove them from our neighborhoods. Meanwhile, they continue to kill a countless number of cats that have lived outdoors here in College Park for several years. It may seem silly to some, but pets (even outdoor ones) are like family members and it is a huge loss to ours.
Unsettling, thank you for sharing.