Coyotes arrived in Florida as part of natural range expansion from western states
(FWC) – Coyotes are found throughout Florida. According to a 2007 FWC report, the presence of coyotes has been documented in all 67 Florida counties.
Coyotes arrived in Florida as part of natural range expansion from western states; they now live in every state but Hawaii.
This medium-sized canine, a close relative of the domestic dog, is extremely adaptable and can be found in rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.
They are typically shy and elusive but encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often.
Coyotes can be found pretty much anywhere in our state, so here are some tips:
• To discourage coyotes from lingering near your home, secure your trash, remove outdoor pet food and feed pets indoors
• If you see a coyote you can scare (haze) it away by waving your arms in the air and yelling loudly. Noisemakers, like air horns, work too.
• Keep small dogs on a short leash and supervise them while outside, especially at night and even in fenced yards.
• Cats should be kept indoors. Keep in mind a screened porch is NOT secure from coyotes and other wildlife.
• Use electric fencing to protect small livestock such as chickens and goats.