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

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

•Trim shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover

•Surround your yard with a fence at least 6 feet high and 6 inches buried

•Don’t leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been seen in the area

•Don’t allow pets to roam free, especially at night.

•Discourage coyotes from hanging around by chasing them away — shouting, loud noises or throwing rocks at them normally works. Coyotes generally will not challenge an adult human.

Jennifer Bearden is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension office in Crestview.

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