NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla - A Lee County neighborhood is on alert after a coyote killed a family's dog.
Florida Fish and Wildlife is going to homes around Birkdale Avenue in North Fort Myers, handing out a flier with facts and tips about coyotes.
Last week, one killed Scott Baker's three year-old papillion named "pretty".
"I heard her squealing really loud," Scott Baker told WINK News.
It was around 5:30 in the morning when he let "Pretty" out.
She was off her leash and within minutes the coyote struck.
"I could still hear her squealing but it was further away. I found the path I thought she took and all I found was her upper torso."
Baker was stunned.
"We had absolutely no clue that a coyote would be running around," he said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife confirms the attack and are urging people in the area to be careful.
"It ran straight across from one side of the wooded area to the other. Right across Birkdale Avenue. Right in front of us," said Jamie Morrisson, a neighbor.
Morrisson saw the coyote last Tuesday while she was on a morning walk with her two small children.
"We were scared. No more walks for me until I'm safe," she said.
Other neighbors haven't seen the coyote, but say the nearby, foreclosed Lochmoor Golf course is home to many wild animals.
Scott Baker hopes people will be more alert and not lose a pet like he did.
The coyote has been spotted in the early morning and late at night.
A spokesperson for FWC says the law does not allow them to catch and kill coyotes.
Instead, homeowners would need to hire a trapper.
In the meantime, FWC says people need to make sure their pets are on leashes and people are alert.
For more tips from FWC look under the "Hotlink" section.