From Suzanne Dundee Bonner:
Last week, I came across several postings in the site nextdoor.com, from Palmetto Bay residents, of coyote sightings.
These sightings took place near Deering Estate and adjacent to Bill Sadowski Park. At one such sighting, the coyote was seen going after a cat in their backyard.
I have checked with a reliable source at Miami Dade Parks, who confirmed that coyotes, as well as foxes, are in this area, and have been for some time. My source also confirmed that coyotes will target small animals and mammals.
According to many news articles, there are precautions that can and should be taken, to help prevent these encounters from turning bad. Here are some of the highlights:
Do not let small children or pets out from dusk to dawn, unattended. It is said that any pet smaller than a German Shepard should not be let out alone in your yard. Do not leave any pet food dishes, bird seed, or fruit in your backyard. Be careful of any confrontation with coyotes, since many carry diseases, and could attack, if provoked.
I am attaching a link to provide you with a photo of a coyote that are known to roam the South Florida areas, including the Palmetto Bay Village areas.
Suzanne Dundee Bonner