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County and state officials to host meeting to address concerns about coyotes

Coyotes are found throughout the state of Florida, including in Sarasota County. As these animals continue to show up in our neighborhoods, it's important to know what to do and what not to do if you spot a coyote. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Sarasota County staff will host "Coyotes in Florida," a free informational seminar at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Sarasota County Operations Center, 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota.

FWC experts will talk about strategies that homeowners can use to coexist with the species, and answer questions about coyote behavioral patterns. Physical contact between people and coyotes is rare since the animals are instinctively afraid of humans. However, these smart, highly adaptable animals can live in developed areas, and over time begin to lose their fear, resulting in possible dangerous encounters.

Residents who witness aggressive coyote behavior should report it to the regional Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office at 863-648-3200 or by calling the FWC wildlife hotline, 1-888-404-3922. ​