• Coyotes grabbing animals in Brevard County community


    MIMS, Fla. - Residents in a north Brevard County neighborhood said a coyote is stealing chickens and ducks.
    A home surveillance camera captured images of a coyote 3400 block of Aurantia Road in Mims. Nearby residents told Channel 9's Melonie Holt that there is more than one coyote in the area.
    Video from the camera showed a coyote chasing chickens around a home last week. Six chickens disappeared from the home.
    Neighbor Ray Ackerson said one of his ducks disappeared three days ago.
    "Usually when a coyote's been around they don't leave anything, unless it's too big for them to carry off," said Ackerson.
    It appears that coyote got Ackerson's duck over a fence without any problem.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials told Holt that coyotes are not a protected species. Ackerson said he prefers a non-lethal approach to dealing with coyotes by keeping his animals out of their reach.
    "You can cage them up and keep an eye on them," said Ackerman.
    Other neighbors said they're pretty used to living in what's now coyote country.
    "I expect it and I enjoy it and that's why I'm out here, for the wildlife. I'll take that any day over the big city," said Mims resident Vince Calvano.
    Calvano said he doesn't raise chickens or any other livestock, but he does have pets. And he said his cats haven't had in trouble from the coyotes.
    "I've heard people flat out say there's no such thing as coyotes in Florida, I'm here to differ," said Ackerson.

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