It looks like coyotes are here to stay in cities, so how do we coexist? Follow these guidelines to reduce human-coyote conflict.
Reducing Human-Coyote Conflicts
- Never deliberately feed a coyote or other wild mammals.
- Securely cover garbage cans and compost bins.
- Remove fallen fruit from yards.
- Eliminate opportunities for rats to breed in and around your yard.
- Never deliberately approach a coyote and teach children to respect all wildlife from a distance.
- Keep house pets indoors and allow only controlled access to the outdoors (fenced yards and leashes). Always keep pets in from dusk to dawn when coyotes are most active.
- Discourage coyotes in your backyard by removing unnecessary brush, installing a motion-sensitive lighting system, or installing a tall fence that is flush with the ground.
- Let coyotes know they are not welcome if they get too close to you or your house by using hazing techniques. Hazing techniques, such as shouting, making noise, or waving your arms, help train coyotes to regain their wariness of humans.