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Local authorities confirm a coyote prowls in the Mérida area

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A coyote was seen a few days ago in the streets of Ciudad Caucel and it is a hybrid specimen that has been living in the forest of that area of ​​Mérida for some time, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

The agency states that this is not the first time the specimen has been seen because, although on this occasion they did not receive a report, before the pandemic they responded to a citizen call in this regard.

On that occasion, Semarnat personnel and firefighters toured the area, with the participation of the State government, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Autonomous University of Yucatán.

There, they ran into people who asked them not to harm the animal and to let it remain in the area since it does not attack anyone. Given this situation, the authorities decided to keep the specimen under monitoring.

It was highlighted that the coyote has not attacked people or pets, as it is only looking for a place to stay and feed.

However, Semarnat urged people not to disturb the specimen or other wildlife if they see it. Although it does not represent a danger, he clarified, it could respond to aggression, since “animals do not attack to attack, but to defend themselves.”

Semarnat indicated that they have also received reports from people who say they have seen a coyote coming from Ucú and Caucel. In that sense, he pointed out that as the city grows, and the canid’s habitat is invaded, it will be more common to see them.

He emphasized the need to learn to live with the coyote and not harm it, since they are usually only looking for food.

The tour that the authorities took a couple of years ago through the Ciudad Caucel area observed that there is a lot of wildlife, such as birds, small mammals, or opossums, which serve as food for the coyote. In addition to coyotes, Semarnat has also attended in recent years reports of wild boars, gray-tailed foxes, and jaguarundis, among other wildlife animals, near residential areas.

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