Foreclosed Homes Attracting Wild Coyotes

Abandoned properties may become homes for these dog-like animals.


Amid the housing crisis and dry weather, wildlife experts in Florida say coyotes could soon turn up in foreclosed properties.


“The coyote’s local watering hole may have dried up, so it has to move to find water elsewhere, often in retention and golf course ponds,”

[Breanne Strepina, wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,] said in a news release. “The increase in abandoned homes in foreclosure, with overgrown vegetation, attracts coyotes, providing good hiding places close to food and water.”

Strepina noted that there is “no reason for immediate concern just because someone sees a coyote in the neighborhood … coyotes have lived in and among humans in urban settings for many years with little fanfare.”