Officials in an eastern Florida county have taken a new, technological approach to hunting coyotes.
Residents of Indian Harbour Beach, a town of less than 10,000 in Brevard County, have spent the start of 2016 looking for a coyote that was filmed on home surveillance video chasing a cat, WFTV reported. With attempts falling short, unmanned drones have been brought in to assist locating the ‘yote.
“It’s a tricky situation,” James Dean of AAA Wildlife Management said. “They’re kind of hard to catch anyway.”
The difficulties of tracking coyotes aren’t new to any hunters of the predator, and drones have certainly assisted the efforts in Indian Harbour Beach.
Trappers have been navigated to a local park in a wooded area where they believe a pair of coyotes live, said Leo Cross of Florida Wildlife Trappers.
“We’re looking for dens,” he said. “[We are] covering a lot more area than we’d be able to hike through.”
The difference, however, between this hunt and regular predator hunting is the coyotes will be relocated to a rural area away from the residential population once captured.