Published: Aug 01, 2011 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2011 6:48 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A message warning of coyotes in Cape Coral is catching the eye...of code enforcement.

Someone posted "home made" signs on a street corner last week. Monday, they were gone.

The city says having the signs are a bigger danger to the neighborhood than the wildlife.

"Oh, we've seen one alligator..." Fred Rice is adding to a growing list of wildlife he's spotted roaming his Cape Coral neighborhood.

The area of Diplomat Parkway and Chiquita Boulevard has become the latest spot of coyote sightings.

"Me and my grandson were riding on the scooter and we've seen the coyote go through the field here and right behind my neighbors house," Rice said. "Running fast... he's was more afraid of us than we were of him."

In fact, just last week someone put up spray-painted signs at the intersection warning people of the small wolf.

"He thought it was a wild dog. But I knew what it was because we have them in Ohio too," Rice said.

Instead, the sign caught the eye of code enforcement. Officers removed the posted message because it was placed on the public right of way.

"You can't put the signs out. There are ways to get them placed...through legal channels to make sure they meet all the requirements." Code enforcement says it understands the concerns of residents, but having the sign puts drivers in danger. "Blow-able debris is one hazard. They go by and people run into them. They're also not written correctly, so they create diversions. There are all different types of factors that deal with these signs and the right of way and that's why they're not permitted."

Wildlife officials say the coyotes are likely living in a nearby wooded area.

They're asking residents to keep their trash indoors overnight and to keep a close eye on your dogs and cats if you let them roam outside.