MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Vivian Portanova said she was on her way to work when she spotted a skinny medium-sized canine in Miami-Dade County’s Richmond West neighborhood.
She filmed the wild predator in front of a home near the intersection of Southwest 171st Street and 157th Avenue, also known as Newton Road.
“I was scared for my dogs,” Portanova said. “I have three dogs at home, three little ones.”
According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, coyote encounters are occurring more often. Wildlife experts at Zoo Miami, east of Richmond West, have reported coyote sightings.
The opportunistic feeders have also been known to roam around in other neighborhoods in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The FWC documents the reports on a map.