Coyotes Are Among Usupdated: Thursday, May 30, 2013
- Coyotes will sometimes approach humans when a dog is present, particularly during the mating season, which runs from January through March (dogs of any weight, shape and size serve as threats to mating male coyotes)
- Extensive studies show that coexistence is the only effective relationship for humans and urban coyotes and one of the best ways to coexist with coyotes is to prevent conflicts with them.
- Do not let them get accustomed to you or your neighborhood; habituation of humans and our surroundings creates coyote conflicts
Examples of hazing include:
- Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote
- Noisemakers: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, soda cans filled with pennies or rocks, pots and pans banged together
- Projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls, rubber balls
- Other: hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray, bear repellant, walking sticks
For more information, see the links below, as well as the video, which is from a coyote forum held at City Hall on March 7, 2013. The featured speaker was Lynsey White Dasher, an expert on human-wildlife interaction, including human-coyote interaction.