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Coyote Sightings at Ocean Reef

Yes, as you may have determined by recent articles in TORN, we live in nature!

We have heard from members of our community that there are recent sightings of coyotes near Card Sound Golf Course. The link in this article provides substantial background on the coyote in South Florida.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw127

What can you do as a homeowner to protect your cats and what does ORCAT do to protect the cats on Ocean Reef?

Any outdoor cats are at risk from other wildlife sharing their habitat. Although we feel the risk is low for a coyote attack on an Ocean Reef cat, there are a few things one can do to reduce the threat. The best thing a homeowner can do is keep your cat(s) indoors, especially at night. ORCAT continues to monitor the coyote situation closely and will attempt to eradicate any coyotes in the community.   

How do we know when the coyote population at Ocean Reef has increased?

The best way for ORCA to gauge coyote presence at Ocean Reef is by individual sightings reported and coyotes spotted on Public Safety’s security cameras.

Should we be concerned about any danger to humans?

Coyotes generally are not interested in confronting people, even small children. Of course, parents should always keep an eye on their children, but coyotes pose no special danger. They are usually not aggressive toward humans unless humans attempt to feed or interact with them. While there are reports of coyotes attacking and killing a person, these types of incidents are extremely rare. Remember, coyotes are wild animals. They can be seen during the day, but they are most active in the evening and at night.

How do we control the population of coyotes here?

ORCA has a license to kill coyotes at Ocean Reef. We have and will continue to hire professionals to eradicate coyotes as needed.