EXTENSION CONNECTION: Beware of the coyote, a North Okaloosa nuisance

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Coyotes are scavengers that can prey on household pets. Use these tips to protect your family and pets from these pests.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

Coyotes are a nuisance to pet and livestock owners, as well as vegetable farmers.

They're true scavengers and will eat just about anything — sheep, calves, poultry, deer, watermelons, snakes, foxes, cats, rabbits, grass, carrion, garbage, pet food…

They're mainly active at night but can be seen during daylight hours close to sunrise and sunset.

The canine species is brownish gray with a light gray or cream-colored belly. These animals have erect pointed ears with a slender muzzle and bushy tail and weigh between 20 and 45 pounds.

Coyotes can live just about anywhere but frequently are found in deserts, swamps, tundra, grasslands, brush, forests and even in the suburbs. 

They become bolder when living in urban areas, and beware: dogs and pet cats are easy prey.

These are just some of the reasons to safeguard your home and prevent interaction with these wild animals.

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