Pack Of Wild Dogs, Not Coyotes, Likely Killed Two Dozen Molino Goats
November 14, 2009
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission now says about two dozen goats found dead earlier in the week were not killed by coyotes but by a pack of wild dogs, and animal control officers are warning area residents to be careful.
Molino pet owners are urged to take small pets inside at night at not leave them outdoors.
Wednesday night, Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies, Escambia County Animal Control and the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife were dispatched to a pasture in the 6000 block of Fairground Road in Molino.
The owner of 20 goats — 12 adult and eight babies – reported the animals to have been missing or dead in their pasture. Deputies were able to locate the bodies of all eight baby goats and a few of the adult goats. While deputies Heath Cheatham and his partner were investigating, they saw what they believed to be two coyotes in the field.
“While in the pasture looking for the goats, we observed two coyotes to be walking through the wood line area of the pasture,” Cheatham sad in his report. “All of the goats that were located appeared to be killed as a natural act of predation by coyotes.”
A family’s domestic dog was also reportedly killed by the pack of wild dogs.