Singer Island has recently sent an alert to residents’ phones warning of an increase in wild coyotes sightings in the area.
Coyotes are a close relative of the domestic dog and can be found in rural, suburban and urban areas. They can walk, run and swim, and their population is booming in all 67 Florida counties including Palm Beach. Florida Wildlife Commission says while coyotes are typically shy and elusive, encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often.
FWC officials suggest that people in South Florida should be extra vigilant when walking a small pet and of live stock. Coyotes are generally afraid of humans and will be startled by yelling or loud noises, so carry a can full of change (or any noise maker) and shake it if you encounter one near your home.
Click here to access the FWC interactive coyote map.
Coyotes, especially the pups, are typically shy and elusive but encounters between people and coyotes in Florida are occurring more often.
If you are experiencing conflicts with wildlife and you know which species is responsible, you may visit the FWC Species Profile for additional assistance and information. If you are unsure what animal may be causing the conflict or damage, or would prefer to speak directly with FWC Wildlife Assistance staff, please contact your FWC Regional Office to speak with a biologist.