As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many people in Florida start to spend more time outside, enjoying the beautiful spring weather. However, with the arrival of spring also comes the mating season for coyotes, which can lead to increased activity and encounters with humans. Coyotes are a common sight in Florida, as they can be found in every county in the state. They are adaptable animals and can survive in a variety of habitats, including urban areas. While they are typically shy and avoid human contact, they may become bolder during mating season, which runs from December to June.
During this time, coyotes may be more likely to venture into residential areas in search of food and mates. They may also become more aggressive if they feel threatened or are protecting their young. This can lead to conflicts with pets and even humans. To avoid conflicts with coyotes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking steps to "haze" coyotes, which means making loud noises, throwing objects, and generally making yourself as big and intimidating as possible to scare them away. Never feed or approach coyotes, and keep your pets on a leash or in a fenced-in yard, especially at night when coyotes are most active.
Additionally, it's important to secure your trash and not leave pet food or other food sources outside. Coyotes are opportunistic feeders and will take advantage of any easy food sources they can find. They are also known to attack small pets if they are left outside, so it is important to keep them indoors or in secure enclosures. If you do encounter a coyote, the FWC advises to make loud noises, such as shouting or using an air horn, to scare it away. Never approach or corner a coyote and avoid direct eye contact, as it may interpret that as a challenge. It is also important to remember that coyotes are a natural part of Florida's ecosystem and play an important role in controlling rodent populations. While conflicts with humans may occur, it is important to remember that coyotes are wild animals and should be respected and treated with caution.