Winter Springs woman worries about coyotes after pets, livestock killed


INVESTIGATE. SAM NICHOLS: I HAVE TURKEYS AND CHICKENS. AMANDA: SAM NICHOLS KEEPS A VARIETY OF ANIMALS AT HER HOME ON A RURAL WrtINTER SPRINGS ROAD CALLED NATURE’S WAY. SAM NICHOLS: I NOTICED THAT THEY WERE DISAPPEARING.rt AMANDA: BUT SHE SAYS HER TRANQUIL FARM LIFE IS BEING THREATENED BY COYOTES. SHE CLAIMS SEVERAL OF HER CATS, CHICKENS, AND A PRIZE TUrtRKEY HAVE ALL BEEN KILLED BY COYOTES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, AND SHE’S GRIEVES THE LOSS. SAM NICHOLS: THEY ALL HAVErt NAMES. THEY’RE LIKE MY KIDS. AMANDA: IN HER DESPERATION, NICHOLS BOUGHT A COYOTE TRAP. SAM NICHOLS: THIS IS WHERE YOU PROP IT OPEN. AMANDA: BUT THE TRAP DIDN’Trt CATCH ANYTHING SO EARLIER THIS , MONTH SHE CALLED THE FLORIDA WILDLIFE COMMISSION TO SEE IF IT COULD HELP. rtINVESTIGATORS WITH FWC DID COME OUT TO SEE IF THEY COULD FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF THE COYOTES. THEY SET UP A CAMERA RIGHT BY THIS FENCE, BUT WHEN THEY rtCHECKED RECORDING, THERE WAS NOTHING. FWC SUGGESTED NICHOLS HIRE A TRAPPER, BUT SHE SAYS SHE CAN’T AFFORD THAT. AS FOR WHETHER COYOTES ARE A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE AREA,rt OFFICIALS SAY NICHOLS’ REPORT IS THE ONLY ONE THEY’VE TAKEN THIS SUMMER IN WINTER SPRINGS. WHILE THEY CAME OUT TO INVESTIGrtATE, THEY SAY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, IT’S ULTIMATELY UP TO THE OWNER TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. SAM NICHOLS: MY NEIGHBOR TOLD ME THAT SHErt HAD SEEN A COYOTE RIGHT AT DUSK COMING ACROSS HER BACKYARD TOWARDS MY HOUSE rt . AMANDA: NICHOLS SAYS SHE’S

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