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Coyote trouble in Orange County

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Somewhere in a wooded area in Orange County's Dr. Phillips neighborhood are coyotes.  Knowing this has changed the way Kathryn Miller and others in the Torey Pines neighborhood approach things.

"Don't go out, don't run at nighttime... be careful," she said.

You can't go ten feet around here without finding someone who has seen the coyotes.

"I saw them in the morning, crossing from one side to the other side. Oh my God!  That's very scary!" said Alessandra Oliveira of the coyotes that have been prowling neighborhoods along Apopka-Vineland Road for at least a year. 

"Coyotes are absolutely 100-percent predator," said trapper Joe Templeton with Elite Wildlife Solutions, who has been hired by a homeowner's association to do something about the animals which have become enough of a nuisance.

There's a cut for power lines that runs through all the area neighborhoods.  Templeton said it's essentially the "coyote highway."  He thinks the animals roam up and down the cut, then branch off into the neighborhoods looking for food.

"Ninety percent of their diet is gonna be meat, typically small mammals," he said.

"There have been many reports of missing cats," Miller adds.

Templeton won't say which neighborhood hired him, but he will say how he plans to take out any coyotes prowling the private land he's working, and he's not using a trap or an anvil.

"They're gonna be taken out via firearm."

Templeton said the shotgun -- a Remington 870 12-gauge loaded with BBs -- is the best option.  He said there is a chance people, and pets, could get caught in traditional leg traps.   He said the coyotes that are roaming these streets are used to people now and should be considered dangerous.

"I don't think getting close to them is gonna be that hard," he said.

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