By: Sharon Aron Baron
On Friday, Coral Springs Police Officers were called to the scene when a resident noticed a coyote roaming the area around 5700 NW 122nd Terrace in the Heron Bay Community. Coyotes have been spotted before in the Parkland area, and back in 2010, the city budgeted $5,000 to remove them after two sheep were killed at Leo and Marie Gosser’s farm in Pinetree Estates.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella B. Ferraro, her office confirmed that coyotes in Parkland killed one dog and at least one cat. No determination has been made about the dozens of sheep reported killed. The dog was owned by Mary Ann Ricardez of the upscale Cypress Head subdivision. She watched as her Chihuahua named Cinnamon was dragged into the woods and killed in July 2010.
Due to the highly populated area in which the coyote was roaming, and the potential danger to the safety of residents, the decision was made to shoot the coyote. They coyote was removed by Coral Springs Police Animal Control.
By law, coyotes must be euthanized and and their bodies must be disposed.. The coyote cannot be relocated because it is a non-native species.