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Coyote town hall held for Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach residents

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Coyotes are here to stay in Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists believe — so pet owners need to protect their animals, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

FWC delivered a PowerPoint presentation titled "Coyotes (Canis latrans) in Florida: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" before more than 90 people at the Gleason Park Recreation Center. Visual props included a stuffed mounted coyote, a skull, a pelt, a noose, a steel trap and a cage trap.

By a show of hands, close to 10 attendees indicated that they fear their pets fell prey to coyote attack. Indian Harbour Beach Police Chief David Butler said his department has received reports of 14 possible coyote sightings, and one of his officers spotted one in the Martesia community.

Coyotes are highly adaptable and intelligent, Scotten said, and their home ranges in urban areas measure about 3 square miles. The omnivores will eat and scavenge just about anything, including garbage, raccoons, rodents, dog food, plants, insects and roadkill.