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Animal Control Coyote Notice
Animal control officers will be patrolling through areas periodically to conduct hazing exercises to help ward off coyotes, Sightings are being noted and tracked. Make sure kids are supervised and dogs are kept on leashes no longer then 6ft. If you live in areas that have greenbelts, parks, or agriculture it’s advised you be extra vigilant as these are areas most common to find coyotes.

THE GOALS OF HAZING

  • Reverse the habituation of coyotes to people and teach them to fear and avoid humans once again.
  • Discourage coyotes from entering public areas such as parks, playgrounds, and yards when people are present.
  • Discourage coyotes from approaching people and pets.
  • Empower residents by giving them tools to use when encountering a coyote, reducing their fear of coyotes.
  • Increase awareness about coyote behavior among residents and involve the community in coyote management efforts.

WHAT KEEPS COYOTES AWAY? HOW CAN I DETER OR HAZE COYOTES?
Never run from a coyote. The most effective method for handling and preventing conflicts with coyotes is to remove food sources and implement hazing techniques.

HAZING ACTIVITIES SHOULD ALWAYS BE HUMANE AND AVOID INJURY TO THE COYOTE

  • Yelling and waving your arm. You can also shake a jacket, rake, or broom over your head simultaneously.
  • Making loud noises with whistles, air horns, megaphones, soda cans filled with pennies, pots, and pans.
  • Throwing projectiles such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls, or rubber balls in the coyote's DIRECTION, but AVOID HITTING the coyote.
  • Squirting water from a hose, water gun, or spray bottle (with vinegar water) in the coyote's DIRECTION (Never approach a coyote, these methods should be done from a safe distance)

WHY HAZING?
Coyote populations bounce back quickly: Despite bounties and large-scale efforts to remove coyotes over the last 100 years, coyotes have expanded their range throughout the U.S. and Canada. One study found that removing 75% of a coyote population every year for 50 years would still not exterminate the population. Research suggests that when aggressively controlled, coyotes can increase their reproductive rate by breeding at an earlier age and having larger litters, with a higher survival rate among the young. This allows coyote populations to quickly bounce back, even when as much as 70% of their numbers are removed.

Coyotes are naturally reclusive animals that avoid human contact. However, coyotes in urban and suburban environments may learn that neighborhoods provide easy food sources while presenting few natural threats. These coyotes may visit yards and public areas even when people are present and may cause conflicts with people and pets. Humans have contributed to this habituation of coyotes by not reacting when they see a coyote too close. We either ignore them due to fear or are enamored by them because they are wild, and it is "cool" to see one. To coexist safely, it's important to modify this behavior and attitude in resident coyote populations. The best solution for addressing problematic coyote behavior is by being consistent and instituting a Community-Based Hazing program in each neighborhood. Hazing is a humane activity or series of actions conducted to change behaviors of habituated coyotes and/or to reinstall a healthy fear of people in the local coyote population. Hazing can help maintain a coyote's fear of humans and deter them from neighborhood spaces such as backyards, greenbelts, and play spaces.

THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES GUIDE THIS PLAN:

  1. Human safety is a priority in managing human-coyote interactions.
  2. Coyotes serve a vital role in the ecosystem by helping to control the population of rodents.
  3. Preventative practices such as removing food attractants, habitat modification, and responding appropriately when interacting with coyotes are essential in minimizing potential human-coyote interactions.
  4. Solutions must address problematic behaviors that contribute to conflicts: a. Coyote behaviors such as aggression towards people and attacks on pets b. Human behaviors such as intentionally or unintentionally feeding coyotes and letting pets outside unattended
  5. Non-selective coyote removal programs are ineffective for reducing coyote population sizes or preventing human-coyote conflicts. Coyotes can increase their reproductive rate by breeding at an earlier age and having larger litters, with a higher survival rate among the young. This allows coyote populations to quickly bounce back, even when as much as 70% of their numbers are removed.
  6. A community-wide program involving multiple city departments and residents is necessary to achieve coexistence among people, coyotes, and pets.

You can make reports of coyotes in your area through the Desoto Action Center or the MyDesoto App, if you have an emergency dial 911 immediately.

DeSoto Animal Control Team