Coyotes have been sighted in The City of Dania Beach and throughout Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission works with citizens to provide guidance on how to minimize and avoid conflicts with wildlife. Negative encounters with coyotes can often be reduced or avoided entirely if correct precautions are taken, such as hazing coyotes with loud noises to encourage fear of humans, securing food sources such as trash, and protecting small pets.
Removal of all coyotes from an area is typically ineffective in addressing problems if attractants remain around homes and neighborhoods, as new coyotes quickly move into areas where others have been removed.
How to Prevent Problems with Coyotes:
Never feed coyotes either intentionally or unintentionally.
Clean up pet food, fallen fruit and seed around bird feeders.
Secure garbage cans and compost.
Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds.
Keep pets in enclosed areas. Walk dogs on a short leash.
How to “haze” or deter coyotes:
Wave your arms in the air and yell loudly.
Make noise - air horns, banging pots and pans.
Throw small stones or sticks towards (but not at) the coyote.
Spray water from a hose.
Teach children to recognize coyotes.
If children are approached, have them move slowly and yell loudly.