Coyotes surround Florida woman and her dog. Cops issue a warning

Living with coyotes in Florida

Tips for living with coyotes in Florida
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Tips for living with coyotes in Florida

Early on July 19, just as the skies were beginning to light, a Sanibel resident was out walking her 50-pound dog when they were approached by two coyotes.

According to information released by the Sanibel Police Department, the two coyotes began encircling the woman and the dog in an aggressive manner. Taking the advice of authorities, the woman told police she did everything possible to try and scare the two coyotes away but was unsuccessful.

When her attempts failed, she managed to flee with her dog to a nearby home where she took refuge until certain the coyotes had left the area.

The Sanibel Police Department is asking residents and visitors to call their non-emergency line at 239-472-3111 to report all sightings and encounters. For life-threatening encounters, immediately call 911.

For more information about coyote behavior, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website featuring information on “Living with Coyotes.”

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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