Second Coral Springs Park Closes After Coyote Sighting


By: Jen Russon

There was another coyote sighting on Monday in Coral Springs, this time at Ralph Diaz Memorial Park.

The park, located on 9701 NW 19th Street, has since closed but will reopen to the public when police determine the grounds are safe and coyote free.

Diaz Memorial Park is just west of University Drive, and approximately 2 miles from the last location, a coyote was spotted in Three Mountains Park on February 25.

Known for living in all 67 counties in the Sunshine State, the coyote inhabits both urban, suburban and rural areas, with this latest sighting coming after Coral Springs resident, Isiah Presendieu’s brush with a coyote at Three Mountains Park.

Another visitor to the park, Timothy Marcus, 33, fired his legally concealed weapon and scared the coyote off. Presendieu was treated for an injury to the knee at Broward Health Coral Springs last week.

Coral Springs Police are asking area residents, including those in Tamarac and Parkland to secure their trash cans, and, when enjoying one of the cities’ public parks, to throw food waste into garbage receptacles.

The Florida Fish and Wild Life Commission (FWC) advises Floridians that feeding coyotes is illegal and that these animals must not be tamed as they serve a valuable purpose to the ecosystem, killing small prey like rodents and insects.

Anyone with information regarding sightings of a coyote or pack is asked to call the city’s non-emergency phone at 954-344-1800.

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