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How to Live in Peace with Urban Coyotes

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Coyotes are being spotted more regularly and close to civilization, in some cases harming or preying on our beloved pets.  We understand this causes a lot of concern, even panic, but according to the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, coyotes are by nature fearful of humans.  Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control.  Therefore, keep your dogs and cats indoors at night and do not leave food bowls out overnight.  Coyotes are like dogs and will remember how they got their last easy meal…and will keep returning to get their next.  Some other tips from the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife include:

•    Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
•    If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
•    Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
•    Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc.
•    Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
•    Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.

In essence, please respect and protect wild animals.  Keep them wild.  To report an aggressive coyote, please call dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

Remember, if you come in contact with a coyote, use negative reinforcement and let them know they're not welcome.  Make loud noises, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.  For everyone's safety, it is essential that coyotes retain their natural wariness of humans.  See more tips from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in their brochure, "Living with California Coyotes", by clicking here.