Coyote strolls Marina Drive

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A coyote saunters along Marina Drive near Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach Dec. 30, 2018. Coyotes usually are active at night, but daytime sightings on the island have become more common since summer 2018. Rick Scherrer of Anna Maria spotted the coyote while on an afternoon bike ride. “We ride our bikes a lot and were really surprised to see that coyote just standing in the driveway in broad daylight,” Scherrer wrote Jan. 2 in an email to The Islander. “We have spotted him up at our end, but only late at night. He/she is mighty bold!” Islander Photo: Courtesy Rick Scherrer

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  1. Janet Aubry

    I attended an informative, compelling , well documented presentation at the last Anna Maria City Commission meeting. Mr. Jones, who is with the City of Anna Maria, presented a wealth of information on the recent discovery that coyotes do, in fact, live among us here on the island as they do in every state in the union and in many other urban areas. I was surprised to learn they are smart, shy, have humorous traits, eat lots of rats, have built in genetic survival modes, aren’t known to have rabies and do not present a danger to anyone who respects them as one respects a gator or any other so called wild animal that is blended in with us due to reduction or elimination of their habitat. It is always a good idea to observe the law and keep your pets contained so they will not be placed in harms way which could include a not just a coyote, or a car but a gator, or another dog or cat, etc. We saw photos of them, learned their habits, Suzi Fox spoke to the question of their liability to the turtles and has found none to date. There are some animals and humans who pose a threat to the turtles but coyotes so far are not among them. Police Chief Tokajer of Holmes Beach was there to detail various encounters he and other officers have personally had with coyotes, His experience supports the data included in the presentation. People should be vigilant about never leaving food outside and making sure trash is secure because if you don’t provide access to food no animals will come. I walk my sister’s dog Maddie on Spring St. sometimes. Lately there have been some coyote sightings. I learned to either carry a coyote can – Suzi Fox had a designer version and Mr. Jones had a more basic beer can version. My sister has the can variety – empty, filled with a few rocks, duct taped openings. The coyote appears down the street (you will probably think he is a dog) and you shake the can – he runs away. There was a video showing the coyote minding his business walking along in a field when someone spotted him and felt the need to run him off. The guy waves his arms in the air and yells “get out of here you hey you go way “and claps his hands over his head. The coyote immediately lays his ears back and takes flight. They are fast and can be long gone in seconds. They are good swimmers and enjoy the beach usually at night. They come out to eat after dusk and are homebound by early morning. Once in a while you will see one during the day but not often. And they do look like dogs so if you saw one you might not realize it. They are really beautiful once you understand their nature and that they won’t harm you as long as you are aware. You can walk your dog on a leash and shake the can to send it running if one shows up which is unlikely. Their pups are cute, fluffy and look like little puppies. I have a rat in my attic currently who apparently is not enjoying the cold weather. If I had a coyote pup I wouldn’t have to worry about calling the exterminator. The coyote presentation is being repeated around the island. Look for where and when in the paper. Attend. You will leave feeling not only much more calm but well trained to live side by side with these guys and appreciate how special they really are.

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