Clearwater retirement community demands action after coyote attacks

Pinellas County

Dozens of concerned neighbors at Clearwater’s On Top of the World retirement community demanded action from management Tuesday about what they call an out of hand coyote problem. 

A dozen or so coyotes reportedly roam the property, often on the golf course, but have been known to approach condos and back patios. 

Residents say they’ve begun arming themselves with airhorns, pepper spray and bats as coyote deterrents while out for walks or with their dogs. 

“They have no fear at all,” explained Sandi Beekman, whose dog Willie recently survived a coyote attack.

“They’re so quiet, you don’t even know they’re walking by you.” 

Beekman used a rake to fend off the coyote that attacked her dog and left a number of puncture wounds. She called it one of the scariest moments in her life. 

After Willie’s attack, Beekman contacted FWC to learn there were very few options to deal with the coyote problem. 

It’s not just pet owners who are concerned, but golfers and those with small grandchildren as well. 

“You can’t just walk and talk to your neighbors anymore,” explained Julie Laurie. “You have to constantly be doing a 360, looking around yourself.”

The only response offered by On Top of the World management Tuesday was that they are “working on” the coyote issue. 

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