FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
State of Florida
The population of coyotes in Florida is on the rise, and the state is seeing an increase in calls about urban coyote sightings. Because urban coyotes are relatively new to the state, it is no wonder that residents have a high degree of fear toward them, and there is widespread misinformation about coyote behavior and biology.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working hard to distribute high quality, science-backed information to the public to calm fears and build proactive coexistence strategies.
To assist in accomplishing this, the agency is collaborating with UCI to craft engaging media materials. These include compelling photographs of local coyotes in familiar city locations that will spark the interest and attention of the pubic, as well as high-quality PSA films about coyote ecology and coexistence.
FFW is also using the UCI logo on posters, featuring our coyote silhouette at life-size scale. The informational posters will be distributed to veterinary offices, pet stores and other locations where the public can get a better idea of the true size of coyotes, especially in comparison to their pets.
Through beautiful, scenic, and story-telling images of Florida's coyotes, this collaboration will build trust and partnership with the public so that coyote coexistence can help all Florida residents feel safe, secure and well-informed.
In our efforts to help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the residents of Florida, our needs and goals include:
- Funding for multiple short films that illuminate the ecology of urban coyotes, and outline coexistence strategies and proactive measures residents can take to keep coyotes away and prevent negative interactions
- Funding for travel and field days to find, track and photograph coyotes living in some of Florida's largest cities
- Funding for camera trap equipment to deploy in multiple cities to capture the hidden lives of resident coyotes