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Wildlife & Pest Management
Coexisting with Coyotes
According to the
Department of Natural Resources
, eradicating or controlling the coyote population is impractical to the point of being impossible. Coyotes are among the only medium-to-large-sized animal that has enlarged its habitat in spite of human encroachment.
Controlling the population by hunting is virtually impossible because of their timid nature. Trapping is ineffective because they are quite cunning and traps are dangerous to other animals and children as well. Poison is too risky because it also does not discriminate between coyotes and domestic dogs, cats, other animals, or children. Attempts to capture and relocate coyotes are pointless because, like raccoons, other coyotes will simply occupy the now vacant hunting area.
The best solution, according to the experts, is to coexist with the coyote and make intelligent, sensible efforts to dissuade the animal from engaging humans or entering upon their property.
Tips to Coexist With Coyotes
Follow these tips to coexist with coyotes in a safe manner.
Clean up brush piles before the mice move in (they attract coyotes).
If you see a coyote behaving in an abnormal manner call 9-1-1.
Keep your yard free of fallen fruit, vegetables and pet food.
Never feed a coyote.
Never run from a coyote.
Never leave small children or pets alone in coyote habitat.
Teach children to stay away from wild animals.
Preventing Pet Encounters with Coyotes
These tips will help you prevent any problems with your pets and coyotes.
Avoid extension leashes when walking.
Discourage large dogs from feeling comfortable or “playing” with coyotes.
Keep cats indoors.
Keep your dog in front of you. If it stops, keep an eye on it.
Use a short leash when walking your dog outside.
Walk in areas of high pedestrian traffic.
Walk your dog with a friend or relative.
Encountering a Coyote
If, in spite of taking appropriate precautions, you encounter a coyote, try some of the following techniques recommended by the Stanley Parks Ecological Society:
Do not run or turn you back on the coyote.
If the coyote continues to approach, escalate the techniques listed above.
Make yourself appear larger by standing and waving your arms.
Shout in a deep aggressive voice.
Throw rocks and sticks (not food!) at the coyote.
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