By Sherry Nabbie-Singh
Coyote sightings are common in Tamarac, but a resident took to social media to warn others after one encounter.
On May 17, while walking her Dachshund-Terrier mix, Cody, Mary Goodman experienced her second coyote attack in the Tamarac community of Woodmont.
“Last night, around 8:30 p.m., the same coyote came out of absolutely nowhere and in a matter of seconds nipped my dog,” said Goodman, who took her dog to the veterinarian as soon as she noticed the injury.
Despite taking necessary precautions while walking Cody, including using a leash, carrying a whistle, flashlight, long stick, walking with others, and staying within a one-block radius of her home, it did not deter the swift attack.
Cody was lucky. After receiving an x-ray at Coral Springs Animal hospital, he didn’t require stitches and is recovering at home.
She filed a report with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife, who said there was not much they could do.
Since coyotes are not a protected species in Florida, people can trap or kill them but must follow the state hunting and firearm regulations.
Attacks on humans are rare, but there are some safety tips to avoid conflict with a coyote should the need arise. The most common rule is not to feed them and preventing access to any food by securing all thrash.
Also, do not leave pets unattended and unsecured outdoors and keep small animals in a fenced area with motion sensor lights to deter predators.
Goodman is urging residents to be cautious while walking their pets.
“I know he was after my dog, not me, but if you are a dog walker or a dog lover, be careful. The police said that they couldn’t do anything unless the coyotes attack a human.”
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