ODESSA, Fla (TBO.com)-Coyotes moving into the area are suspected in the killing of two sheep and the disappearance of pet cats and dogs throughout rural northwest Hillsborough County.
The killings, as well as a number of daytime coyote sightings, have residents on edge in this idyllic neighborhood of silvery lakes and rolling pastures.
“Our community is being ravaged by these predators,” said Jim Swain, president of the Lake Keystone Property Owners Association. “This is not normal behavior.”
Swain said there have always been coyotes in the Odessa area, but he insists they are now more numerous and bolder. The scruffy canines have been seen trotting alongside cars and peering in glass sliding doors. Coyotes jumped a 42-inch-high and killed two lambs belonging to Andres Mamontoff off Hutchinson Road.