If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose caution and fear and may cause property damage due to their tolerance of humans. They might possibly threaten human safety. Unfortunately, relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else's neighborhood. Remember that feeding coyotes is illegal an in some communities. Many local ordinances make wildfire feeding punishable by fines and requirements to install wildlife-proof garbage containers.
"Coyote Country" Precautions
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The results may be deadly conflicts with pets or livestock, or serious injuries to small children.
- Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
- Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.
- If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal's direction.
- If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the nearest Department of Fish and Game or law enforcement office.
Use garbage cans that have a locking mechanism on the lid. Use a rope or elastic cord to secure or other solid objects so that it cannot be tipped over.
You Can Help
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