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Coyotes prowl Longboat, Sarasota

Several months ago, the sightings started at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church where the reportedly healthy-looking coyote was witnessed by two residents and Longboat Key Police slinking along the woods that are on the eastern edge of the property.

A coyote was also witnessed wandering among the dilapidated buildings of the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Over the past several months, a flurry of sightings have been called in to the island’s police force.

The behavior of the coyote is critical to how the town responds. Police Chief Pete Cumming says that the town has no intent to either capture or euthanize the animals. Cumming said that it does not appear to impose a threat and the issue is more one of education of the residents than hunting down a threat.

Sarasota residents have also had coyote sightings throughout 2018, and Longboat Police have held education classes for residents on how to deal with coyotes.

The presentation focused on:

• what to do if you see a coyote

• how to safeguard yourself, children and pets from coyotes

• how to prevent problems with coyotes

• how to limit attracting coyotes to your property

• nuisance coyotes in residential neighborhoods

• answers to your questions

For those unable to attend a coyote clinic, the entire presentation is posted at www.longboatkey.org

Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin said that the Coyotes may have wandered into Sarasota from the site of the long-abandoned Colony Resort.

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