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Pet lady: That's my role in the Miami Herald newsroom. I've been here since 1989, during which time I've had 11 dogs, a ring-necked parakeet, a chicken, and a lizard named Lance. At the moment, I have four dogs, one step-dog, and two cockatiels. A native New Yorker, I came here from Louisville, Ky. I'm a graduate of the University of Arizona, and had a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 1988. I have written 309 stories containing the word "dog" in the past 20 years.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a warning to pet owners following tragic incidents in Parkland.
''In the wake of apparent coyote attacks that proved fatal for a cat and a dog in Parkland, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging residents to step up pet-security measures. FWC officials said it appears that in both cases the pets were roaming freely and were enticing targets for coyotes.
"That’s something residents of the Broward County community can correct, according to the FWC. As development encroaches upon wildlife habitat, encounters between wildlife – including coyotes – and humans are bound to increase.
“We all love our pets, and we have to protect them,” said FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro. “We can’t bring back these lost pets, but we can take steps to prevent this from happening again.”
She said just seeing a coyote in the neighborhood doesn’t indicate a threat to human safety. In fact, coyotes have lived mong humans in urban settings for many years with little fanfare, but coyotes may see small pets as potential food.
“The FWC is prepared to deal with nuisance coyotes, but when lethal response is necessary, it usually should focus on individual coyotes or coyote families,” Ferraro said. “Most of the time, there is a better response before the situation gets out of control.”
"The FWC says residents can prevent most conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife by taking a few simple, proactive steps to avoid creating nuisance opportunities.
"Coyotes in urban areas become accustomed to humans if there is a food source in the neighborhood, and coyotes in particular look for easy meals. These clever creatures get into pet food and unsecured garbage cans. All such attractants should be removed from the yard, as should other food sources in accessible areas.
"Though urban coyotes can be seen at any time of the night or day, it is more common to encounter them between dusk and dawn, particularly near natural areas bordered by water. Residents walking small pets at these times and places should be particularly cautious.
“Carry a flashlight, noisemaker and a stick or golf club when walking small animals,” FWC nuisance wildlife biologist Tiffany Snow said. “That will help scare away wildlife looking for food.”
"Keep pets on a leash, and if approached by potentially dangerous wildlife, do not hunch over your pet to protect it. Pick up small pets and stand as tall as possible. Call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) to report any problems with coyotes or other wildlife.
Nuisance coyote behavior will be dealt with by the FWC on a case-by-case basis. If there is a focused problem, there are methods available to residents and professional trappers to target specific nuisance animals.
For more information on living with coyotes and preventing conflicts with these adaptable creatures, visit MyFWC.com/Wildlife or contact the FWC’s South Region office at 561-625-5122.
The happy ending only came about because a lot of people remained committed to finding him (see prior post). Cletus, a regular at the Coconut Grove dog park, is one lucky dog! (Repeat after me: I WILL chip my dog........) From dog parker Lisa Riddle:
After 16 days ...
Our Boy CLETUS is Back!!
Cletus was so skinny that Animal Services personnel misidentified him as a greyhound, which meant no match to Greer’s on-file report of a missing Plot Hound. Unchipped Cletus was found without his collar. With a broken leg, chances were poor that he would have been adopted during the five-day period of his permitted stay at the shelter.
Cletus’ savior was Bruno...Bruno had been working at Palm Beach County’s Animal Services for the past two months until returning to Miami-Dade’s Animal Services on Friday – the first morning after Cletus’ arrival. Dog walker Chris had alerted Bruno that Cletus was missing. Heads up with the information and familiar already with Cletus from the park, Bruno spotted the big clumsy fella from the hundreds of dogs at the shelter on Friday. Greer had made visits to Animal Services previously to look for Cletus, but had finally decided it was time to call off the search. With the saddest of spirits, Greer broke down Cletus’ cage on the very day that his brave canine was being rescued.
Cletus’ long-awaited reunion with his Dog Park homies will be delayed while he recovers at home. As curious as we all are, the full story of Cletus’ 16-day adventure will likely only be known by our dogs after Cletus gets back to share it with them.
COUNTY AND CITY OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND FOR NEW DOG PARK AT HAULOVER BEACH PARK, WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, AT 2 PM
(MIAMI, June 30, 2010) – Haulover Beach Park will soon have a new Dog Park after Miami-Dade County and the local surrounding cities break ground for the new amenity during an official ceremony Wednesday, July 7, at 2 p.m.
The 3.25-acre Dog Park, located at the southeast section of Haulover Park, will feature a separate area for small dogs, a separate area for large dogs, and a common area, all enclosed by a perimeter double-gated fence with three separate entrances for the safety of the dogs. There will also be “pooper scooper” stations within all the areas providing plastic bag dispensers and trash cans for owners to pick up after their dogs. This first phase of construction will also feature the construction of accessible concrete walkways leading from the parking lot to the Dog Park, and concrete entryways into each section of the park.
The idea for the Dog Park at Haulover Park came from Commissioner Sally Heyman and one that would be developed in partnership with surrounding municipalities. The Bal Harbour Village’s Public Works Department is assisting Miami-Dade Parks in the first phase of construction. Future development within the dog park will include water fountains, dog play equipment, and site furniture, and will be provided through the commitment of the partnering entities.
Total project cost for this first phase of development is $130,000 funded by Safe Neighborhood Parks (SNP) Interest Funds and the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (BBC-GOB).
“This dog park will be a great addition to Haulover Park,” said Commissioner Sally Heyman. “Now dog owners in the neighboring beachside communities will have a place close by where they can take their dogs for exercise and recreation.”