Wildlife attacks on pets and livestock are on the rise in Florida. State wildlife officials are reminding residents and visitors to take some extra precautions.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson says preventative measures include removing the animals’ food source.
“So, for example, both bears and coyotes would be attracted to trash or to birdfeeders, pet food that’s left out for your dog or our cat. Panthers, on the other hand, while they don’t necessarily eat those particular attractants, they would be attracted to the animals that are attracted to those attractants. So, if you had trash and that was attracting raccoons, that might attract a panther to linger in your neighborhood,” she said.
And, she says cats are particularly easy targets.
“And, an easy way to keep your cat safe is to keep them inside,” Segelson added. “This is not only better for your cat, but it’s also good for native wildlife, like songbirds, which often fall prey to cats.
Livestock can also be better protected by having a fenced-in closed area or electric fencing. For more information, visit myFWC.com.
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