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The coyote love season has arrived.

This means that wild animals can now act more aggressively as they fight to create a breeding territory.

Courtney Cole, journalist in Jax, explains the increased risk for all outdoor pets.

The winter has arrived in Florida, which means you could start seeing more coyotes.

This is because it is the season of love.

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This happens once a year, between January and March, depending on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A Fernandina Beach neighbor told Action News, Jax Courtney Cole, that she had just seen a coyote, no later than in November.

"I do not like them, but they do not let me photograph them in town, so what are they supposed to do?" – Why FWC says you could see more coyotes in your community and how many have been seen in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau in the last 6 months #FOLLOWING sure @ActionNewsJax at 5:55 am: pic.twitter.com/YrDNiEdOnn

– Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) January 16, 2019

"We thought it was a raggedy German shepherd or something like that – but he was running, running, running, in the street." I realized it was coyote, it was far enough away from where I could not make an image of it, "said Connie Scott.

A coyote can have between four and six cubs, but a puppy can breed at the age of 10 months.

"I do not like them, but they do not let me shoot them in town, so what are we supposed to do?" Jim Shroads asked.

Action News Jax has already reported sightings of coyotes in Nassau counties, as well as in Duval counties (Atlantic and Neptune Beach).

But they can be found in the 67 counties of Florida.

According to the FWC, coyote puppies swim in hollow logs, scrub and burrows

Neighbors Cole spoke of believed that the coyotes were leaving the area near the railroad yard near Fernandina Harbor, to downtown Fernandina.

According to the FWC, there have been a total of 60 sightings of coyotes since 16 July 2018 in 4 large counties in our region. Here is the breakdown: @ActionNewsJax
Nassau Co .: 4
Clay Co .: 6
St Johns Co .: 12
Duval Co .: 38
Check out this useful info-graphic of FWC: pic.twitter.com/u0b0zZu4xx

– Courtney Cole (@CourtneyANJax) January 16, 2019

While some neighbors do not like them, others think that it is possible to coexist peacefully with them.

"The coyotes do not scare me – probably a naughty dog ​​would scare me more than a coyote," Scott said.

Action News Jax Courtney Cole discovered that there had been a total of 60 sightings of coyotes in four of our major counties over the last six months.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Nassau County: 4
  • Clay County: 6
  • St. Johns County: 12
  • County Duval: 38

FWC recommends keeping your trash safe and keeping your pet on a leash and close to it when you are outside.