Florida officials create coyote task force

Charlie Scholten shared this photo of a coyote in his backyard on Wilson Boulevard North in Golden Gate Estates.

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Charlie Scholten shared this photo of a coyote in his backyard on Wilson Boulevard North in Golden Gate Estates.

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida officials have created a task force to look into the burgeoning concern over coyotes in the state.

Sightings of the wild animals are on the rise, though no one knows for sure how many coyotes are in Florida. Experts say they're not aware of any cases where coyotes have attacked humans, but some people have been injured trying to separate their pets from the would-be predators.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's coyote task force will track sightings over a two-year period, streamline educational efforts, recruit and train trappers for nuisance coyotes, and develop a plan for dealing with aggressive coyotes.

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