LIVING WITH COYOTES
• Coyotes generally avoid humans and coyote attacks on people are very rare.
• Coyotes are generally nocturnal and seldom seen, although you may catch a glimpse of them during the daylight when they are moving from one part of their territory to another in search of prey.
• Most adult coyotes only weigh about 20-35lbs. They have a long slender snout, yellow eyes, and usually a black-tipped tail.
• Coyotes serve an important role in ecosystems by helping control the population of rodents, rabbits, and some urban animals. They are omnivores feeding on these animals as well as fruits and berries.
Protecting yourself and your pets:
• Do not deliberately feed coyotes. This is a surefire way of getting them accustomed to people and ultimately lead to danger.
• Avoid feeding pets outside. If you must, feed them at a specific time during the day (for no more than one hour) and remove the food bowl as soon as your pet is finished its meal.
• Keep trash in high-quality containers with tight fitting lids.
• Remove fresh fallen fruit from the ground.
• Watch your pets. Keep cats indoors and never leave small dogs outside unsupervised.
• Protect poultry and other outdoor animals from coyotes with protective fencing and be ensuring they are confined in sturdy cages or pens each evening.
What to do if you see a coyote:
• Relax: Most coyotes avoid people. When they notice you, they will leave.
• Without the lure of food or other attractants their visits will be brief and rare.
• Hazing entails using a variety of scare techniques to teach a coyote to regard people as threatening and stay away from them. Hazing can include making loud noises, spraying water, shining bright lights, throwing objects, and shouting.
• Report the sighting to Lafayette Animal Shelter & Care Center.