Coyotes getting braver at Clearwater retirement community

Pinellas County

More brazen, bolder and braver. That’s how neighbors in a Clearwater community are describing coyotes who are attacking pets with increasing regularity.

The latest, a pair that pounced on a small dog on the end of his owner’s leash.

“I’m shocked that I let my guard down to the point where they got up on me. I’ve never seen them,” said Vanduzee Flynn, the owner of Chaz.

Mr. Chaz,  a rescue dog, almost lost his life early Monday evening.

The culprit? A coyote.

“Grabbed him right about there. And when I spun to turn and help, he was already out of his mouth and the coyote went that way,” explained Flynn.

Ed Switzer saw two coyotes running toward Flynn and Mr. Chaz.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I see this coyote run between the cars. And then I hear a dog yelp.  And I go, ‘there’s a coyote.’ And by then it was too late,” said Switzer.

Mr. Chaz escaped with a few cuts on his shoulders.

The scary encounter is the latest in a series of coyote attack at On Top of the World.

 A dog named Wiggles almost became dinner for a coyote in the same area.

Neighbors said the animals are becoming bolder.

Dave Hoffman recently spotted a coyote relaxing.

“Ten feet away from me. It laid down and just rolled around on the green like a dog would do. Scratch his back and just laid there and sunned itself,” said Hoffman.

On Top of the World management recently posted posters warning about coyotes.

Flynn put up a notice to warn other dog owners who routinely walk their pets around the property.

“If he wasn’t on the leash, good chance he’d have been gone,” said Flynn.

Neighbors are pleading to have the coyotes relocated. But as 8 On Your Side discovered other coyotes will replace them.

So, your best bet is to make noise to scare coyotes away and keep small dogs on a short leash.

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