Some residents have started using Google maps to keep track of coyote sightings.
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.