CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs Humane Unit is trying to catch coyotes in a Coral Springs park after a jogger this week was hurt trying to run away from an attacking coyote.
They will aim to catch the animals at Three Mountains Park at 9200 NW 1st Street and relocate them to a non-residential area, city officials said in a statement on Thursday.
“The safety of our residents is our greatest priority,” the statement said.
Coyote sightings have been common in recent months throughout Coral Springs. There were more than 20 sightings in February and January, police records show.
Coral Springs officials are exploring ways with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission experts to educate the community on dealing with coyotes.
The decision to trap the coyotes at Three Mountains Park followed a coyote attack on two joggers on Tuesday evening at the park, which was closed after the incident until further notice. One of the joggers, Isiah Presendieu, said he broke his knee running away from a coyote.
Another person in the park, Timothy Marcus, who saw what was happening, took out his gun and fired it toward the coyote, which then ran off, police said. Marcus had a valid concealed weapons permit, police said.
Paramedics took Presendieu to Broward Health Coral Springs where he was recovering from his injury. Presendieu, a full-time student at Broward College, set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical expenses.
A review of coyote sights in Coral Springs shows that the animals are turning up in backyards, a golf course, and other places across the city, according to police records.
Just a week earlier at Three Mountains Park, a coyote approached children at the park’s tot lot. The families gathered there had to go to their cars until the animal left.
On Feb. 15, a coyote was seen running toward a Walgreen pharmacy in the area of Royal Palm Boulevard and Northwest 95 Avenue.
On Feb. 8, a resident called police to report that a coyote jumped the fence at a home in the 2800 block of Northwest 106 Avenue and was roaming around the pool.
And on Feb. 3, another caller to police said coyotes were seen in the 2900 block of Northwest 107 Avenue.
Residents are urged to call the city police department’s non-emergency number, 954-344-1800, if they see a coyote.