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Coyote Trapper Unable to Fulfill Contract: Traps Removed

Photo From Terrierman.com

Photo From Terrierman.com

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.


10 Responses to Coyote Trapper Unable to Fulfill Contract: Traps Removed

  1. Heather Cortes Reply

    January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This is ridiculous! These coyotes need to be shot then! On a farm when a coyote comes on to your property you shoot it to protect your livestock. They will never leave they have no natural predators here in the Woodlands. Soon the only thing on the menu will be are pets and possibly us!

  2. Sandra Bavasso Reply

    January 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I have warned the neighbors here and in FB that it was illegal to trap them and relocate them. I posted articles from the Wildlife Commission about that, but no one wanted to hear. Heather, if someone plans to start shooting in this neighborhood, you are making the neighborhood more dangerous than the coyotes. This is not Texas, no one here has a farm. There are children and pets and people, this is not the wild west to start shooting at moving things. Learn to live with the coyotes, learn how to scare them. I have encountered them more than once and they were always scared of me.

  3. Heather Cortes Reply

    January 23, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Listen, I am not suggesting that any bozo with a gun start shooting up the place. Maybe the coyotes can be disposed of elsewhere. But honestly, I would rather the coyotes be killed instead of our pets being mauled or worst. How long do you think it is gonna take for the coyotes to realize we are not a real threat to them. And you are right Sandra, we are not living on farms, so I should not have to fear coyotes in my yard hunting my dogs.

  4. Bud Fein Reply

    February 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

    After reading the letter from WHOA Management on this topic I like many had several questions in my mind as the statements made in the letter made no sense to me at all. I decided to spend as much time as necessary to get answers directly from someone in an administrative position in our State Wildlife Commission. After the expected governmental bureaucratic process of being run around on the phone and being told to write letters, I finally spoke with the Biological Assistant of the person in charge of all of these situations. After an hour on the phone I received not only the answers I was looking for, but learned quite a bit about this animal. After the conversation I now can say that this animal certainly presents a danger to more than just house pets and has no place in any residential Country Club. We discussed solutions and the fact that this animal could best be described and grouped as a species in between the sly fox and the wolf, The young man, located in a State Department in Palm Beach,actually spoke with his own superior and has sent me a letter to confirm that they would take a trip down here to further explain to you all that he and I addressed on the phone. There are solutions that no one thus far has taken the time to research. After my phone call I did share “some” of the information with Steve at Ambassador Management.

    Firstly: Anyone interested in possible solutions and answers as to why there appears to be a lot of “red tape” related to this issue is welcome to contact me at the number listed below. Secondly, I will be happy to share this information with the people in our community if we have a large enough meeting place. My suggestion is to first have the meetings in any section clubhouse or home that can house residents section by section. Of course bear in mind this issue may not concern every resident although after my conversation with the knowledgeable Governmental Worker who DOES NOT TAKE PHONE CALLS, I fell that every resident should be concerned.

    Thirdly, After explaining my findings to the group and giving you all answers too numerous to type, everyone can decide if they would like to hold a large meeting which would be beneficial to all of the residents of the Woodlands.
    In lieu of the fact that I have lived in this Community for 29 years I felt obliged to get to the bottom of all of this which might put an end to rumors and thoughts of this predator and bring out the facts and the solutions.

    If some of you took the time out to read this, then my research and this annoying typing was not in vain.
    Lastly, Thanks goes out to Sharon Baron, for without this community newsletter this information would never be disseminated

    Dr Bud Fein
    954 931 3659

    😉 Don’t all call at once

  5. Megan Potaznick Reply

    February 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is ridiculous. My kitty, Misty, has been missing for months. She has been apart of our family since the first day that she was born. Do what you need to do to get the coyotes out of there. If this was a human being, people woulf be doing anything thst could, but because they are animals, no one is doing anything about it? Our pets are apart of our family and this Just makes me sad and disgusted.

  6. Ben Damian Reply

    February 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I agree with you Megan… As I said before… When a Infant or tiny child
    Gets attacked or killed it will be a different story😱

  7. Adam Berke Reply

    February 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Let’s shoot the coyotes, a super idea!
    Heather Cortes is right we should kill anything offensive in The woodlands including those with only two legs. Oh wait that would be in-humane, or not.
    Welcome to The Woodlands Tamarac where we have completely rid ourselves of Girl Scout Cookies sales, Good Taste “Architectural Committee” and neighbors with questionable judgment.
    Before we open fire on a Golf Course let’s examine the situation more closely. We have an animal doing what it does best to survive and unlike it’s residence it is native of Florida, meaning they belong and we do not.
    Next we should run over the turtles in the road because quite frankly they make great speed bumps and while were at it let’s destroy those pesky Flamingos lord knows the pink plastic type are much more cooperative.
    Early on I offered up that we arm the Road Runner with an Acme anvil to drop on the coyotes head and I got nothing, kind of like a Bill Burr doing stand up at a Woodlands Committee Meeting.
    Yes Heather your plan is prefect and without a flaw, flying bullets, killing innocent animals and positioning yourself as lord of the jungle is very Imperialistic.
    Let’s just hope the coyotes don’t read this blog.

  8. Bud Fein Reply

    March 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    A true environmentalist studies his subject and does his research like any other student who has an interest in a subject. While Adam’s comment hits home with the turtle and the flamingo and other wildlife indigenous to Florida, he has not done his homework. I have spent the last couple of years researching the coyote issue since my own pet became a coyote’s “meal.”
    Firstly, when I have seen any turtle on or near the road, I have stopped, pick them up and drive them to safety in othe nearest canal. When I have seen baby turtles on my own driveway, I have had them places in a large tank for a six month period, fed them and placed them in a canal. I must admit I have never had the opportunity to rescue a flamingo but I would jump at the opportunity if it presented itself. Having spent my first 15 summers in the Catskills mountains in upstate NY I grew to love wildlife. Throughout my life I have owned exotic birds, a monkey and a pet Cayman(South American Alligator). Lastly I visited the Naples Zoo (visiting zoos support Florida wildlife) on Monday with a friend from Venezuela and wanted to show off some of our Florida wildlife. In the zoo there were animals both native to Florida and a few animals from distant countries.

    **********When we got to the “coyote” cage, I explained to her that although the caged coyote in the Naples Zoo, was no more indigenous to Florida than the 3 giraffes and the two beautiful tigers that were also on display. The coyotes were relocated here from the Southwest, Colorado, New Mexico, etc.,

    My point, is: Coyotes were displaced to Florida by man who felt they could be used to balance the Eco system by eating rodents and other small nuisance animals. No one considered the fact that these tenacious predators would not remain in the area they were placed in. They travel as much as 37 miles a day.
    *”**They were never expected to travel to the Woodlands Country Club.****

    The facts remain:
    A: as long as they are here, you must keep your small child and your small pet out of your back yard when you are not there. If you Are there, don’t turn your head for a moment for as you see they can easily become a food item. They ARE on the menu …
    So….Wannabe environmentalists, Remembers: Pets are like children to many of our residents. Especially the people who have never had children. The residents of any residential area should not have to fear for the lives of their children or pets and keep them under lock and key on their own property. Old, sick , physically unstable people will be next. The coyote I saw up real close in the Naples Zoo looked strong enough to handle his own against most adults if push came to shove. As stated in my previous article, unlike wolves they do Not travel in large packs. Usually it only takes two to overcome any small opponent.
    There are to options here: Allow the NEW animal resident to obtain his meals in the Country Club and figure it won’t be your children, pets, or aged grand mom, or get rid of the problem.

    My Thought: If anyone were truly interested in this issue, my last article on this subject would have brought at least one concerned or interested phone call. ” we reap what we sow ”
    If no one complained about over taxation and too much government in the late 1700s we would not be the United States of America. Remember, under Socialism and Communism there are no Walmarts, Shopping Centers, Disneyworld, or places for college graduates to work after they are given their FREE EDUCATION… Ask the Cubans and Venezuelans… I already have ,,,,, did you?????

    Thank You Sharon Baron for the freedom of the press here at The Woodlands.

  9. Adam Berke Reply

    March 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Bud you fascinate me, like Americans that purchase cheap crap at Wal-Mart, consider shopping centers a great American institution and vacation in the fattest place on earth.
    My intuition tells me you have built an entire reenactment of the golf course with miniature hand painted coyote’s, trappers and the vilest of all creatures “golfers”.
    It seems you have gone to disturbing lengths to study an animal that really poses no threat to you.

    You lost me with the pseudo political misinformation, but sense you like to study May I suggest a great piece of reading material?
    Try Howard Zinn’s A Peoples History of the United States, it’s only 666 pages but I think in the end it might cure what ails you.

  10. Jeff Smoley Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Just an FYI to you folks. There is not just one coyote here. I have seen what looks to be a pair and there have been photos & videos of a number of young. Coyotes are very adaptable. If they need to hunt in a pack, they will. Even if it were legal, shooting at them in the Woodlands is not a good idea. I was a sniper in the US Army and I would not want to risk shooting (with a rifle) in an area with so mush potential for collateral damage. The last time I saw a single coyote, while walking my 65 pound dog, it did not run away. It stood it’s ground until my dog started lunging at it. We were about 50 feet from the animal.
    The only weapon that would be effective and fairly safe to use would be a bow or crossbow and arrow. Trapping won’t work unless a live bait is used. There is too much live food available for these animals for them to look at carrion.

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