PROTECT AND RESPECT WILD ANIMALS—KEEP THEM WILD
Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature fearful of humans.
The behavior of a wild coyote will change if they are given access to human food and garbage. They lose caution and fear of humans and may cause property damage. They could also threaten human safety. When they do so, they are usually killed.
Help prevent deadly conflicts for these wild animals.
- Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The result may be deadly conflicts with pets or livestock, or serious injuries to small children.
- Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
- Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.
- If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
- If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the nearest Department of Fish and Game or law enforcement office.
Secure Your Food and Trash
Allowing a coyote access to human food and garbage is reckless and deadly.
Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food, and domestic animals.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.
- 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.