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Coyotes in St. Pete Beach?

One official says he's heard a lot of talk about them being spotted in the community lately. Have you seen coyotes in your neighborhood?

A St. Pete Beach official said earlier this month he'd heard more talk about coyotes in the community than he had at any time in his four years in office.

City commissioner Jim Parent said at the Feb. 12 meeting he had several communications that week about coyotes, the Beach Beacon reports.

If you see a coyote, authorities suggest that you make a loud noise to scare it away — yell, clap, spray it with a water hose, honk, or bang pots and pans if you have to — and then report it online to Pinellas County.

Have you spotted coyotes in your neighborhood? Post a comment below and let everyone know where.

If a coyote will not leave when you make a loud noise and it is an imminent threat, Pinellas County officials advise to call 911, a Pinellas County official recommends in an informational video.

"While in the past there was a wildlife officer to which this removal would be assigned, Animal Services has since eliminated the wildlife officer position," the Pinellas County website states.

Pinellas County also warns residents not to leave pet food or trash outside because it attracts coyotes. Here are some additional tips for keeping you and your pets safe from coyotes.

"The long-term solution requires public education, changes in residents’ behavior and in some situations, the means to remove individual offending animals."

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Tom Stevenson February 24, 2013 at 03:26 PM
If you've seen what looks like dog poop on asphalt of roads & or sidewalks, it's probably coyote "scat" Coyotes have been seen loping along the Pinellas Bayway between the "Don" & Eckerd College which tells us they're everywhere now, or soon will be.
Tom Stevenson February 24, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I just did.....................
Brian Johnson July 18, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I spotted one on July 17th in Belleair, just off the Pinellas trail on Ponce de Leon Blvd. He was scouting out the small pond that is often stocked with sleeping ducks. I have heard their howls in the past, but this was my first time seeing one in person. He was skittish, but only ran far enough away to be out of the headlight beams of my car. It was kind of cool to see, but I can understand the fear of folks who have small pets that roam outside.

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