What Do You Do if You Encounter a Coyote?

If you haven’t heard yet….

Coyotes are creeping into the urbanized areas in the USA-

as we are moving into their forested areas.

Coyote in street.

 

And although they don’t typically attack humans, your pets may be at risk. They may view a large dog as a rival, and since a cat is such a small animal, they could be viewed as prey. This would hold true also for small dogs. It is suggested that you should NOT leave your pet out doors unsupervised. The most important times to recognize this are at dusk, dawn or overnight. You should definitely keep cats indoors and dogs on a leash. Your trash should most certainly be kept under a tight lid– and not left exposed in any way to a roaming coyote. If you have any fallen fruit from your fruit trees– that should be picked up! Be aware of any areas you have that they could use as a den. For example close up open areas under your deck. To proactively keep them out– installing a fence is one tactic you could take. Fences should be 6 feet tall, to prevent them from just jumping right over.. and 18 inches deep to keep them from digging underneath.

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IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COYOTE:

  • Don’t turn your back, and don’t run. They might chase you and they can run up to 40 mph.

  • If the coyote moves closer use the method known as “hazing.”

    • Blow a very loud whistle.

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      Blow a whistle if confronted by a Coyote. [Manatee Sarasota County]
    • Clap hands loudly and stomp feet.

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      Clap hands loudly if confronted by a coyote. [Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Bradenton]
    • Throw sticks or rocks at their feet.

    • If you don’t have anything available, act large ie. open your jacket, raise your arms and yell.

  • Don’t engage a coyote that is cornered, injured or with pups – instead slowly walk away backwards.

Follow all of these tips to keep you and your pet safe.

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A Batty situation inside a Walmart!

 

ALVIN, Texas —

A spokesperson for Walmart reported Sunday, that a wildlife specialist was on site at their company’s store in Texas, conducting a “catch and release” of bats, that were first reported in the store approximately 2 weeks ago.

Bryan, a customer had spotted several bats flying in and  above grocery aisles Sunday afternoon.

“We were getting groceris and went to check out,” he said. “We turned around and there were 4-5 bats flying all over the place.”

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It had been weeks that customers have been shooting cellphone video fo the winged creatures swooping near meat and deli counters.

It is thought that the bats had apparently been staying in the lawn and garden section of the store and then they started showing up in other sections.

“They were going from one side where the meat department is over to the pharmacy and swooping down,” the customer said of his encounter on Sunday.

After the capture, the bats will be released elsewhere.

Credit: ABC 13 Deborah Wrigley

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[Sarasota, FL] Are Muscovy Ducks Aggressive?

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Are Muscovy Ducks Aggressive?

Muscovy ducks are native to South America. But did you know, they are the only duck that is held in captivity, that is not a descendant of the wild MALLARD?!  Please be aware however, that a Muscovy DRAKE (male) can sometimes be aggressive. If and when this does happen in Sarasota, FL or any other area, it is important that you do not ignore the problem. If the problem is not addressed, it is likely to continue and increase. This could escalate to people getting injured, bitten or bruised.

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Why do people like to have Muscovy ducks? People like to have them for a few different reasons. For the most part the animals are quiet. They can be interesting because their feathers and colors come in such a wide range of colors. Also, the drakes have a more generous amount of meat than many other ducks.  If a Muscovy duck shows signs of aggression, there are several steps that can be taken. The first one is to segregate the duck away to a separate area from the others. If you can, give it a comfortable area with a fence.  The next step is to train the animal by holding its beak shut and say a firm “no.” Next be sure to connect with your animal by socializing with it. For example pet it, feed it out of hand and speak with it kindly. This will help to reassure him or her that you are not a threat. Also it would be good if your duck had a mate. They are ready for this by 5-6 months of age. At the very first sign of forward or aggressive behavior, its best to discourage it promptly. Even when they are just a baby- this behavior will only get worse. There is much debate about whether a muscovy duck is good to have in your area. For more info on this discussion check out our hugely popular post on Muscovy Ducks.

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True Wild Muscovy Duck

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Lakewood Ranch, FL Do I Have Moles in My Yard?

If you are seeing mounds of dirt piled up… on top of your lawn– it could be because of a mole.

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Moles are small mammals adapted to an underground lifestyle. They have cylinder shaped bodies, velvety fur, tiny and hard to detect eyes and ears. Their hindlimbs are quite small relative to their front limbs that have large paws which are adapted for digging. Did you know they can dig at approximately 18 feet per hour? They usually feed on assorted insect pests, including earthworms, grubs and other tiny creatures that live in the soil. When you see a mound of dirt on your lawn from a Mole, it is because he is on the hunt for survival! Mole tunnels are usually 10 inches underground, unless they are just surface scanning looking for a mate. Then they would be nearer to the top of the lawn. Actually moles could be called the super heroes of digging! Their deep tunnels can be anywhere from two inches to five feet underground. However, it should be noted that the quantity of mounds in your yard does not necessarily correspond to the number of moles in your yard.

 

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Since the tunneling of moles will destroy the roots of your grass, the ridges will then brown quickly. The sooner that you can stop the tunneling of the moles, the less damage that they can cause.

MOLE TIP #1 – How do I know if I have an active mound in my yard?

You can locate an active mound by pushing down on the raised areas of soil. Then, the next day, note which ridges have been raised up again.

You may be wondering, do moles bite?

Moles can bite, however, since they generally do not carry rabies,  a mole bite isn’t normally any reason to be concerned. If you have been bitten by a mole, it is important to clean it out and disinfect the area immediately so that the area does not become infected. If you should happen to have redness and swelling, this should not cause alarm as that would be normal.

Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc is very well known in the community as the GO-TO expert with the highest experience level in solving difficult nuisance infestations efficiently and easily. We employ advanced technology such as Thermographic cameras and Go-pro technology. This reduces the amount of damage to your structure and this can reduce the overall cost of your project!

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Coyote Problems in Panther Ridge [Lakewood Ranch,FL]

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2 coyotes caught on night vision camera.

COYOTE TRAPPING LAKEWOOD RANCH

As of 2007 Coyotes have been recorded in all 67 Florida counties.  Encounters are becoming more frequent between people and coyotes and as a result, they may begin to lose some fear of people. Consequently, coyotes also can get more difficult to scare away once the fear of people is lost. So, like other wild animals, this behavior (their fear or lack of it) will vary between animals. There have been several reports of coyote attacks on dogs and cats over recent years in Florida. Sometimes the owners were present at the attacks, however, and the humans were not targeted in those attacks.

    • Typical Coyotes weigh between 24-37 lbs

    • Coat color is from gray to rust brown

    • Use negative reinforcement – loud noises, throw rocks or spray with garden hose

    • Do not walk dogs during dawn or dusk hours

    • It’s a good idea to carry a boat whistle if hiking or walking a dog

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How Do You Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard? [Manatee County, FL]

How Do You Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard? [Manatee County, FL]

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Raccoon in a pond looking up.

Raccoons are Omnivores

Raccoons are omnivores, which means that they eat a wide variety of foods including both plants and animals. Their diet is mainly fruits, nuts, worms, insects, amphibians, fish, birds eggs and even an occasional small mammal or bird. If raccoons find that there is an abundant source of food on your property,  they will probably take it rather than make the effort to hunt. This also includes your vegetable gardens– they look at it as a food buffet or in that case a salad bar!  The biggest mistake people make is leaving pet food outdoors. Trash is another lure for the furry fellows. It is widely recommended that you get secured trash can lids and keep it secured in the garage if at all possible. Bird feeders are also no-nos for anyone who does not want to attract the “wrong” type of wildlife to their area. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #1 Remove any possible food source.

Raccoons are Nocturnal

Nocturnal creatures prefer to hunt when it is dark outside so that they are camouflaged and it makes them feel safer. If a raccoon should meander into your area, you could dissuade them from advancing by utilizing motion lights and or loud sounds. A simple light by the door may not be enough for a stubborn raccoon though. Auto lights activated by motion in several areas are more likely to startle them and keep them away. Since they don’t like human interaction, the Humane Society even recommends putting an am radio near your trash can with a talk station on. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #2 Remove their nocturnal and quiet habitat.

Fences

The everyday normal fence does not help in keeping raccoons out because they are such good climbers as well as diggers. If you are having an ongoing problem with raccoons in various areas such as gardens, yards, homes etc., either chicken wiring or an electrified fence is a good choice. How do you keep raccoons out of your yard? #3 Install chicken wire or electric fencing to prevent them getting into places where they are not wanted!

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Are Raccoons Dangerous During the Day? [Fishhawk, FL]

Two raccoons interacting.

What Does it Mean When You See a Raccoon During the Day?

  • Is there a food source available?

  • Was the raccoon frightened?

  • Is there high competition in the area at night from other nocturnal animals?

It is a fairly well known myth that if you see a raccoon walking around during the day, that it is sick or that it has rabies. Even though raccoons normally are most active at night (nocturnal) they can take up activity during the day for a variety of different reasons.

What is considered normal activity?

If you see a raccoon that is behaving responsively during the day it is probably fine. They might come out during the day if there is some food available, or if they have been scared from their daytime sleeping spot, or if there is a high competition in the area from other nocturnal animals. It is very common to see baby raccoons during the day, while the mother raccoons might be out looking for food.

What is not normal?

It is never normal for an adult raccoon to show symptoms like loss of balance, difficulty walking or lethargy. If you see a raccoon acting this way, or if one is bleeding or injured contact a professional wildlife trapper.

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How Do You Get Rid of a Raccoon? [Longboat Key]

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Pic of a raccoon with wildflowers.

Best Methods for Raccoon Control

  • Protect your trash

  • Make them feel unwelcome

  • Employ scare tactics

  • Keep yard clean and free of attractants

First of all and probably the most important thing to do to get rid of a raccoon on Longboat Key is to protect your trash! There’s no reason for the raccoon to leave if you keep a food source available for them. To get started,  pick up some metal garbage cans, bungee strap cords, and a cement block. Once you have the garbage can strapped down with the cord, place your cement block on top. Next, be sure to keep your yard cleaned up from stuff that a raccoon would want. For example, try not to leave any pet food out overnight.. also not any fruit from fruit trees. Bird feeders will also have to be brought in for several weeks. Once they notice that the food source is no longer there, they will stop coming around. Make them feel unwelcome. Actually the only way to probably do that is to put up a barbed wire or electric fence around any vegetable garden areas. Almost any fence can become electric by adding one strand of wire about 8 inches back from the fence. Employ some scare tactics.. There are devices designed to scare off unwelcomed invaders that work well. The problem comes in because raccoons are so smart and they realize that most of what you put out there can’t really do them any harm. An example would be a motion detector device such as floodlights or  radios (set to talk radio) as raccoons would avoid human voices and even sprinklers.

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Are Muscovy Ducks Protected? [Lakewood Ranch, FL]

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What are Muscovy Ducks Used For?

  • Muscovy drakes are commercially crossed with mallard-derived hens

  • 40-60% of birds are raised only for their meat production

  • They grow fast like Mallards but to a large size like muscovy ducks

The Muscovy duck is a large duck that is native to Mexico, Central and South America. In the United States, there are small wild and feral breeding populations that are well established. Mostly in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. There are even feral muscovy ducks found in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

There are new regulations from the US Fish and Wildlife Service that adds Muscovy ducks to the list of federally protected native birds. However, they are native only to southern Texas and are considered invasive in all other states. That could result in open season on the ducks in Florida and elsewhere.

How long do Muscovy Ducks live?

Whether they are wild or domesticated Muscovy ducks typically live for 7-8 years. They seem to be resistant to the majority of diseases. The exception is that Avian influenza leads to a 100% mortality rate.

How do I catch muscovy ducks?

If the nuisance ducks are accustomed to being fed, you can often bait them in and get close enough to capture them by net. Traps can be made of welded wire and baited with corn. Muscovy ducks can be removed by trappers for a fee. Remember, according to the FWC, it is a violation of Federal regulations to release the captured birds.

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