What about the coyotes' rights? readers ask
Neighbors are finding coyotes are moving in to just about every nook of Pinellas County. Their arrival is often joined by reports of missing pets -- and some frantic residents.
"It's like they have more rights than I do," said Jo Hastings, a Gulfport resident who suspects her missing cat was attacked by a coyote recently. "I am in a residential area. If I am in the middle of Manatee County I could understand that. Now we're terrified of letting our animals out."
Tampabay.com readers are speaking out in defense of the wily coyotes. They're asking residents to leave the coyotes alone and suggesting they keep their cats inside. Here's a look at what some are saying:
"We should be celebrating this fascinating and clever animal instead of vilifying it," wrote White Feather from St. Pete. "The Indians believed he had magical powers."
"You have to keep your cats inside. It's irresponsible not to do so," commented Kim from St. Pete. "I've seen coyotes in northeast St. Pete & they haven't bothered myself or my dogs one bit because my animals are always leashed or supervised when outdoors."
"Mother Nature getting her revenge," wrote Kevin from Spring Hill.
Michael from Palm Harbor wrote: "The coyotes are just being what they are, opportunistic. Hunting for food is not an attack, it's survival."
Bob made light of the fact that the coyotes have been spotted near the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club and the Bayou Club: "Are these snob coyotes or what? PYCC and the Bayou Club? Maybe they're just looking for a way to get 9 in."
Have you spotted any coyotes in your neighborhood? Share your tales, your pics.