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Manatee County offers tips to avoid residential coyote attacks
Urban Wildlife
Manatee County offers tips to avoid residential coyote attacks

Bradenton, Florida – Manatee County officials advised Manatee residents to properly store trash and to keep pets safe to prevent residential coyote attacks.

“Problems occur when people leave food outside their homes, leave trash available, or allow their cats and dogs to roam the neighborhood,” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “When that happens, you’re providing easy meals to coyotes, inviting them into your neighborhood and encouraging them to lose their natural fear of humans.”

Weiskopf said Manatee residents should report residential coyote sightings to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at (866) 395-4286. He offered the following tips to prevent the threat of coyotes:

  • Never leave pet food or trash outside where it can attract wildlife;
  • Reduce cover for coyotes and their prey, such as rodents and other small animals, by clearing brush and dense weeds from around dwellings;
  • On rare occasions coyotes have been known to seriously injure children. Never leave young children unattended, even in a backyard;
  • Protect your pets.  Avoid walking dogs during dawn or dusk hours, which are coyotes’ normal feeding times. Avoid using a retractable leash. When walking a pet, carry a stick, whistle or air horn;
  • Make sure the coyotes know that they are not welcome by making loud noises, throwing rocks in their direction or spraying them with a garden hose.


For more information visit the following online resources:

Manatee County Animal Services FAQs
University of Florida IFAS Extension information #1
University of Florida IFAS Extension information #2

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Manatee County Businesses