DeBary residents are more accustomed to seeing bears in their neighborhoods. So Thursday’s rare coyote sighting prompted concerns from residents in the River City.
A driver snapped a photo of a coyote on Sanford Avenue near Wilson Road and posted it on the DeBary Proud Facebook page Thursday afternoon.
“Be careful with your pets and kids,” Evelyn Rodriguez wrote. “He didn’t seem scared at all by us stopping and taking a picture.”
FWC takes report
DeBary Life reported the coyote to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just before 1 p.m.
An officer who took the call said there was nothing the agency would do other than taking a report.
However, if a coyote is on your property, the officer said, the owner can trap or euthanize the intruder a humane way or hire someone to do it.
The agency says online that coyotes have been documented in all of Florida’s 67 counties.
‘Fear of people’
“Encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often,” FWC says online. “As coyotes become used to people, they may lose some fear of people, so sightings of coyotes during the day may increase.”
You can report the animals at 888-404-3922.
People who responded to the Facebook post said coyotes have attacked their pets or chickens.
“Out in the middle of the day, absolutely no fear of human contact. Something that definitely needs to be addressed,” David Connors wrote on Facebook.
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