'St. Pete has officially gone to the coyotes'

- It was just hours after FOX 13 published a story about coyotes in St. Pete when our own Mark Wilson encountered one running through a neighborhood.

Mark recorded video of the animal sauntering along the sidewalks, pausing occasionally to look around.

"St. Pete has officially gone to the coyotes. This is out of control," Mark wrote in a Facebook post about the video.  "I just chased him across 38th Avenue into Allendale. Look how healthy he is. Keep your cats and small dogs indoors."

That sentiment was echoed by Snell Isle resident Steve Ritch when we talked to him last week.

"I can't walk my dog or go in the neighborhood without neighbors stopping me and telling me their most recent coyote story," he said.

A spokesman for Florida's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission warned resident not to leave food or garbage outside.

"I can tell you coyote sightings throughout Pinellas County are common," Gary Morse said.  "Coyotes are  common throughout the United States, particularly in urban areas where populations tend to be three to five times higher than rural areas because there's more food there."

If you need to report a coyote sighting in Pinellas County, click here.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • 'St. Pete has officially gone to the coyotes'
  • Serious injuries for mom, toddler hit by car
  • Manatee deputy resigns after domestic battery arrest
  • Lakeland bakery working overtime to fulfill cruffin cravings
  • Metro Ministries makes Thanksgiving special for families
  • Retailers, shoppers getting ready for Black Friday
  • Even a hurricane can't sink this Thanksgiving tradition
  • LaFountain making best of second chance at life
  • College students spend holiday with special needs residents in Lakeland
  • Tampa woman sponsors 125 kids in Seminole Heights for Christmas