By: Sharon Aron Baron
Due to the issues and complaints about coyotes, the Woodlands Master Association hired trapper Paul Zambrano with Bandit Wildlife in December 2015 after he told a board representative that he could remove the coyotes and relocate them to another area.
This should have set off red flags because we’ve been writing about this for years how you can’t relocate coyotes. Coyotes in Broward County cannot be “relocated.” They must be shot and killed on the spot.
According the the WHOA website, On January 8, 2016, the trapper advised WHOA President Wayne Wise that he could not complete his contract because he could not find a means of disposal because Broward County doesn’t operate the same as Palm Beach wildlife control. He thought we would be able to release them somewhere else – maybe a coyote farm somewhere perhaps? He even contacted the Seminole Indian tribe about releasing the coyotes on their reservation, and they declined his request – and rightly so.
Because of these issues, Bandit Wildlife stated he cannot fulfill his contract, and Mr. Zambrano removed his traps from the Woodlands Country Club.
Steve with Ambassador Management, contacted the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to get some answers and was told that the coyotes cannot be removed from Broward County, and if they are relocated they must be placed on private land. The trapper should have known this.
FWC also stated that for the coyotes to come into yards, it is because they have found a food source, such as people leaving out food for them – or small pets.
The FWC strongly urges that the coyotes not be removed as this only increases the pack with new births. Another issues we have been discussing. To remove coyotes leaves holes which will be filled by more replacing them.
The WHOA said that the only remedy is for everyone to be aware of them and to not feed them, and to never leave don’t leave pets outside, scare them off with loud noise, and report anyone feeding them to the Wildlife Alert Hotline. Should we mention again not to leave your pets outside?
Report Wildlife law violations such as illegal feeding to the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.