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Wildlife officials: More coyotes popping up in Sarasota neighborhoods

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Wildlife officials say more coyotes are making their way into Sarasota County neighborhoods.

Experts from the Fish and Wildlife Commission held a meeting Monday night to answer any questions about the animals' behavior.

Experts say even though there is never really any threat to humans, over time they lose their fear and could get close.

"Well, I would tell them that coyotes are not going away," Biologist Angeline Scotten said.  "We need to learn to coexist with them, and they do well in urban areas. And for the most part, they leave people alone. Another strong message is to secure attractions. Don't feed wildlife advertently or inadvertently – that includes leaving pet foods outside, securing your trash, cleaning up birdseed, that kind of thing."

The FWC says anyone who comes face-to-face with aggressive coyotes should call their wildlife hotline and report it.

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