Broward County

A Florida police department is warning people to take caution after coyote sighting

The Pembroke Pines Police Department is warning residents — especially pet owners — to be careful after a coyote was recently spotted in a residential neighborhood.

The large animal was seen climbing a fence and lurking around Northwest 15th Court and Northwest 83rd Way.

“Pet owners should use caution when letting out your pets, and humans should never attempt to feed or approach a coyote,” the department tweeted, including two photos of the coyote. “They are native to Florida, and should be left alone.”

Sgt. John Baker said a “call came reporting a coyote wandering through the neighborhood.”

“It’s not uncommon for wildlife to wander in,” he said.

The department is telling anyone to “report any emergencies” to 911.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.