Coyotes are on the prowl in this neighborhood. So residents will be taught to ‘co-exist’

BY HOWARD COHEN http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/palmetto-bay/article193868409.html January 10, 2018 07:02 AM Updated January 11, 2018 02:17 PM Are coyotes on the prowl in a South Miami-Dade neighborhood? Apparently enough so that the village of Palmetto Bay has booked Feb. 20 for a workshop with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At the free event, the commission will lead what Palmetto Bay promises to be “an informative workshop about coyote biology and ways to co-exist with coyotes.” According to Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn, “We have reports of a few cats taken. Many want to live and let live. A few want to hunt them or remove them.” The wily coyote sightings have prompted several blog posts from Flinn since last summer. In October, on his South Dade Updates blog, Flinn reported on a meeting the village held with a Fish and Wildlife representative. “Palmetto Bay is a paradise that we humans share with many native and non-native animals,” Flinn wrote, citing crocodiles, alligators, eagles, marsh rabbits and owls as denizens of the tree-lined community. “We do note that there are some animals that we do want to keep a close eye on — including those designated as ‘invasive species,’ ” he wrote. Several residents in Palmetto Bay and nearby Kings Bay reported coyote sightings in October 2017. In June 2017, Flinn posted on his blog an item from resident Suzanne Dundee Bonner. She reported coyote sightings at Deering Estate and adjacent to Bill Sadowski Park. At one of these sightings, the coyote was seen going after a cat in a neighbor’s backyard, she wrote. On the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission webpage, the group...