COYOTES APPROACHING HUMANS/PETS - SPRING HILL, FL
2014-06-19 09:24:00 -0700
Where: Tranquil Drive, Spring Hill, Florida, 34606
Last night was the second close encounter I have had with a Coyote in my neighborhood. I heard my dog, who is a large breed causing a stir so I went to check on her. Not 10 feet away was a Coyote. I stomped and yelled at it, but it was not phased. It was not until I grabbed a rake and ran at it, that it slowly moved to the front yard.
This is very concerning as less then a week ago I was walking my dog after dusk and saw two Coyotes, one ran away, but the other APPROACHED us, it got very close, to the point where I was concerned it was going to attack my dog, so I yelled loudly and stomped. It eventually turned into a yard and disappeared into the darkness.
I have contacted Game & Wildlife who were not very helpful. They told me it would be my responsibility to trap them and do what I would with them. Which is not an option and sounds very dangerous to me.
There are several missing cats currently in the neighborhood and the behavior of the Coyote I saw is concerning. I am worried about the potential for rabies, or worse, the possibility that someone could be hand feeding or leaving food out for these guys. This is a very dangerous situation and I will do whatever need be to protect my dog, but last night and during the walk I was virtually defenseless and scared to turn my back to get my dog inside. From now on I will walk with a weapon, but something needs to be done as it seems they have a potential to become dangerous to our pets.
Has anyone else seen them in the Spring Hill area? Particularly Tranquil Drive?