Clever Canines Cover Country
As people killed off wolves and altered habitats, coyotes expanded their range. This highly adaptable species has been seen everywhere from dodging taxis in New York City to stalking cats in suburban Florida. To better understand how this impacts us all, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's helpful page on Living with Coyotes.
Orphans Found at a Hotel
“Coyote numbers are on the rise across the country and here in southwest Florida,” explained Naples Zoo Director of Conservation Tim L. Tetzlaff. “These four coyotes help us teach guests how they can best live with local predators,”
“The good news,” says Tetzlaff, “is that many of the same strategies for living safely around the bears and panthers in Florida apply to coyotes as well.” One example is using bear-proof trashcans like the one seen at the Zoo’s Black bear habitat. Other practices include keeping the areas under bird feeders and fruit trees clean. These food items attract the predators themselves or smaller animals that the predators hunt.
Not allowing your pets to roam also protects them from these predators. (This last one is also the law. It is illegal in Collier County to allow either your pet dog or cat to roam freely.)