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Sadly, Yet Another Pet Snatched by a Coyote

Sadly, another pet has been lost to a coyote, this time in Pennecamp. Susan Corona’s 5-year old Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix, Jon Snow, was killed by a coyote. "I've never ever seen a coyote, this animal was so fast," she said. Corona hadn't thought she had to worry about coyotes since she didn’t live near woods, golf courses or ponds; she lived on a cul-de-sac, surrounded by homes.

Jon Snow wanted to go outside about 4:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27th, and Corona decided to let him out in the backyard. Everything happened so fast. She heard a dog scream, then saw this figure with her dog and saw it dragging him away. Corona has two other dogs who are larger in size and she thinks they could have put up a fight with the coyote, but Jon Snow was so little and sweet that he never had a chance. Read for the entire story.

Tall Trees Pet Lost to a Coyote

As you know by now, we've had multiple sightings of coyotes here in Lynnhaven. Tall Trees has the same problem in their neighborhood. Sadly, a couple lost their beloved Chihuahua Wednesday morning (July 12th). Their smaller Chihuahua tried to fight the coyote off, but it refused to release Bailey and she was lost. The animal seemed to have come out of nowhere and was described as "enormous", the size of her neighbor's golden retriever. Read for the entire story. Thanks to Karran Dagon for promptly calling our attention to this latest threat to our fur babies.


Another Coyote Sighting

We saw a coyote running down our street this morning (Friday, June 30th). It ran east on Richardson Road, then right onto Livingston Loop. Though they are not a danger to people, they could go after small dogs and cats. Here is a link I found to share.

Cathy Burns


Update on Coyote Pack

New sightings of huge black coyotes, the size of German shepherds or large labs in Lynnhaven. These coyotes are extremely larger than usual, spotted behind house on Belmont golf course. They don't seem to be afraid of humans. I was told yesterday a walker encountered one in the road while walking and they didn't seem to be scared at all. Beware, carry a golf club or noise maker while walking.

Linda Chapman

Editor's Note:
Ever since Linda warned us about these canines, I have been researching coyotes and learned that they are generally not pack animals except as a young family group. Coyotes usually hunt alone, even if they have a mate, or sometimes with their mate.

The fact that these are much larger than the usual coyotes we see around here, I wondered if they might be wolves, although I didn't think we had wolves here in Florida; wolves are pack animals. It turns out that we do have wolves, red wolves, although their coloring may vary. These wolves are rare and endangered, so Linda was lucky to have seen them. The good news is that although they live in packs, they do not hunt in packs so they were probably not looking for food when she saw them.

I came across the following when I was Googling whether there were wolves in Florida:

The second picture here was taken by a Florida woman who saw it crossing her back yard, and it does resemble a German shepherd.


Coyote Pack Spotted

I encountered a large pack of coyotes in the road by Churchill Street Recreation Center (Saturday, November 5th, about 5:00 a.m.), crossing into the villas across from the recreation center. I had to stop in the road and wait for them to cross over.

People should beware of this many coyotes running in packs through the neighborhoods.
Linda Chapman

Coyote Sightings
     Protecting Pets from Coyotes
     How to Handle a Coyote Encounter

Thanks to Carole Hannigan for getting the email address for Sam Wartinbee, District Property Manager, and to Diane Davis for calling and passing this information along. I have put the information that Diane received in chronological order.

Coyote Sightings

Hi Barbara...

I called the District Property Manager today and spoke with Sam Wartinbee. His response was basically... there is nothing the district can do regarding the threats of endangered wildlife in The Villages, as their area of responsibility ends at the Eagle Preserve on Bailey Trail. He did mention, however, that if ANYONE has ANY SIGHTINGS, they should report it to the Florida Wildlife Commission at the number listed in his response. 

He also mentioned that sometimes this is a "cyclical" occurrence, meaning that when the food disappears, so will the problem; therefore, residents should be cautioned NOT to leave ANY food outside for ANY wildlife as it will draw out all hungry predators.

Perhaps just printing his response will be helpful to residents.  He did say he has received A LOT of calls. 


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-----Original Message-----

From: Chris Lavender []
Sent: Mon 8/31/2015 9:54 AM
To: Moss, Sally (District Board)
Cc: Moeller, Peter (District Board)
Subject: Information Requested on District 6 - Coyote problem

Good Morning Sally & Peter, 

I live at 611 Little River Path in Mallory. We are having a recurring problem in the neighborhood with a Coyote.
Not sure if you can help here or maybe at least point me in the right

For the last three weeks, we have had the same male coyote prowling the streets, starting around 9PM to 5AM. I walk my dog on my street at around 9:00 to 10:00 PM. Every night, we have either encountered this animal or have seen it stalking us from behind. The coyote has a
tendency to hide between the houses. So far and luckily, there have not been any incidents. However, the closest it has come to me was within two driveways, when it darted from between the houses into the street.

I have called Village Watch and they forwarded me to Florida Wildlife, and according to them, there is nothing they can do. I have heard rumors that some of the districts have taken action, but I am not sure what that action has been.

I should not be scared to leave my home at night, but I am now. I have not resorted to carrying any kind of weapon except a large stick, and even then, I feel vulnerable.

Christine A Lavender, PMP, ITIL
Sr. Project Manager
Cell:  352-561-0022

-----Original Message-----

From: Wartinbee, Sam
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 4:42 PM
Subject: FW: Information Requested on District 6 - Coyote problem

Good afternoon,

The District has communicated with the Ocala Regional Office of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 352-732-1225.

They ask that any sightings of coyotes be reported to them. They state there is nothing they can do about the coyotes. The Villages Community Development Districts can only deal with the coyotes when they are threatening endangered wildlife in the Preserve areas. If you have any questions, please call.

Sam Wartinbee
Director, District Property Management
1071 Canal St.
The Villages Fl. 32162


----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Sam Wartinbee
To: Diane Davis
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 4:12 PM
Subject: FW: Information Requested on District 6 - Coyote problem

Sam Wartinbee
Director, District Property Management
1071 Canal St.
The Villages Fl. 32162

Protecting Pets from Coyotes

Coyotes can and DO prey on domestic cats and small dogs. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night, early evening or early morning (dusk and dawn). To protect your pets, do not allow them to roam freely.

  • Keep cats indoors. Free-roaming cats are at a high risk of being preyed on by coyotes.

  • Walk small dogs on a short leash, especially at night, dusk or dawn. Be extra careful if you are going to walk your pet in wooded areas or areas that have heavy foliage, where coyotes could hide.

  • Remove things that attract coyotes from around your home (e.g., pet food and unsecured garbage left outside).

How to Handle a Coyote Encounter

Coyotes aren't large animals and rarely pose a threat to people, especially adults. They can be curious but are also timid and generally run away if challenged. If a coyote approaches too closely, there are methods you can use to deter it and frighten it away.

Hazing the animal by making loud noises and acting aggressively will typically cause a coyote to leave an area, but you may need to increase and continue hazing efforts until the coyote is effectively deterred and leaves the area for good. There are several methods of hazing that are effective with coyotes.     

  • Waving your arms in the air and yelling usually gets a coyote to retreat. You may need to move towards the animal and continue if the animal doesn't immediately run away. It is important to continue until the coyote has left the area.

  • Noisemakers are often effective deterrents to coyotes, including air horns, banging pots and pans and homemade noisemakers. A “coyote shaker” made from placing pebbles or coins in an empty drink container can be an effective noisemaker.

  • Throwing small stones or sticks towards a coyote, but not at it, will usually cause the coyote to leave. Spraying water from a hose and using squirt guns or bear repellent can also be effective. Do NOT attempt to hurt the coyote; an injured animal is more likely to defend itself or its young if threatened — keep your distance.

  • Vary your methods so that the coyote doesn't become desensitized to it.

  • If a coyote approaches a child, the animal can be startled away by an adult yelling loudly first, then moving towards the the animal to give the adult time to lift the child as quickly as possible and back away. Do NOT run from a coyote, as this may cause the animal to chase.

Bobcat in the Neighborhood
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     Preventing Conflicts
     How to Handle a Bobcat Encounter
     Protecting Pets from Foxes
     Fox Encounters