Coyote’s have always been living amongst us, they are timid animals by nature and most often choose to be elusive and unseen. Times have changed though and we have extended our territories to include theirs and they have adapted to our presence and are becoming desensitized to our daily activities, in essence some of them are losing their fear of people.
Coyotes are not going away... in fact they are thriving in the midst of our urban developments and in spite of them. Urban developments have so much to offer the coyote in the way of agriculture, insects, rodents, trash, carrion, wild rabbits, gophers, squirrels, small pets, water … and no predators. We are essentially an oasis in the desert for these wild canines. By intentionally or unintentionally having food available for these animals combined with our lack of knowledge on how to respond to a coyote’s presence we are inadvertently conditioning or “training” that animal that it is safe and they have no need to fear us. Whether we are living in a wildlife area, corridor, foothill, suburb or the city, the coyotes presence is known.
Becoming proactive and changing our behavior, by learning how to co exist is the preferred method of wildlife control. Unlike trapping and the use of poison which is illegal. Animal proofing teaches the animals in your area, boundaries. By eliminating the attractions that bring the animals to your home and by your behavior you can condition the animals to stay away.
Understanding the Coyote for Effective Hazing
It’s all about Territories and Behavior
It’s not a question of do you have Coyotes in your area, the question is how are they behaving? Coyotes are everywhere, surviving in the hills, foothills, suburbs and inner city, most of us in the areas where the coyote has maintained his fear of people do not see them.
The problem arises when they lose their fear of people and their behavior and habits change.
- Do you see them in your yard during the middle of the day
- Do they stand their ground if approached
- Do they approach you
If the answer was yes to any of these questions, the coyotes in your area are displaying behaviors that could escalate and become a problem. The time to act is NOW. Behavioral problems are easier to avoid with a little education on prevention than they are to correct once a behavior pattern has been established. The solution is to be aware and recognize these signs and changing behaviors as they are occurring, before they escalate into a problem – for people and the coyote.
Further down, has specifics on how to achieve this. But we do recommend familiarizing yourself with the coyote behavior which precedes the specifics.