Although the McKamey Center is not contracted for wildlife management in the city we get many calls about raccoons, coyotes and other wildlife.  Coyotes seem to cause the most anxiety for local pet owners.  We borrowed the following information from Denver Parks and Recreation’s website to assist our citizens.
Coyotes in the City

While people are rarely in danger, coyotes can and do target pets as both competition and potential food sources. Human pets are often not adapted to protect themselves from wild animals and can be much easier targets than normal prey.  Making educated management decisions about pets is the best way to protect them. Possible Future Actions (in Colorado)

1.       Lethal action, or killing coyotes, has been proven to be a short term solution with long term problems. When there is a newly empty territory, coyotes are attracted to it, and coyote litters will increase in size to fill the territory (a single coyote can have up to 12 pups).

2.       Relocation has been proven to be completely unsuccessful with coyotes. They are notoriously difficult to catch, will return to area if at all possible (traveling huge distances), and if they cannot return will usually die fairly quickly.  Additionally, it is illegal in the state of CO to relocate urban coyotes.

3.       Exclusion techniques, or techniques to both remove attractants to coyotes and to discourage coyotes from entering unsuitable locations, is currently the most successful tool in reducing coyote problems and populations in cities.  It must be conducted on a community wide level to see large improvements, but even individual efforts can “teach” local coyotes which yards, parks, and people to avoid.  Long term reduction in food sources for coyotes is the most effective means to reduce population size.


Exclusion Techniques

This is not a quick, short term process.  Relate this to never saying no to a child.  The first time they hear it they won’t understand or believe it.  Consistency over time is the most effective means.

Here are the steps you can take:

  • Individuals and groups of people responding (hazing) whenever they see a coyote.  Yelling, waving arms, acting aggressively, spraying with hoses, using noisemakers will all make a coyote uncomfortable around people.
  • Neverignore, just watch, or turn your back on a coyote.
  • Neverallow a coyote between you and a pet or child.  A coyote will not want to get involved with a person.
  • Remove all human sources of food.  Keep trash and compost inaccessible.  Pick up fallen fruit in yards.  Clean out under bird feeders.
  • Reportany sightings of wild animals feeding from dumpsters. Include time of day and business name to environmental health by calling 3-1-1.
  • Do not let cats run freely in neighborhoods.  Keep small dogs in close proximity when outside. Keep all pets inside at night (or in a completely enclosed kennel) when coyotes are most active.
  • Maintain fences so coyotes cannot slip underneath.  Add deterrents to the tops of fences that reduce a coyote’s ability to grab on and pull themselves up and over.  Coyote rollers and wire extensions can discourage animals attempting to breach fences.
  • Install motion activated lights in back yard.  Keep lights on when dogs are outside.
  • Visually inspect yard before allowing any pet outside.
  • Communicate with local officials. Report the following (include the date and location of incident): Coyote biting or attacking dogs; Coyote killing cat or dog; Coyote biting a person; Person feeding coyote, either accidentally or purposefully; Open trash cans and dumpsters at local businesses.
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