Coyotes Among Us
Coyotes inhabit nearly every contiguous U.S. state and Alaska. The territorial range for an average pack of six can be as much as 12 miles in diameter from the den, and travel for the pack usually occurs along established trails and natural waterways. Coyotes hunt primarily at night, but are often seen during the day.
Coyotes generally breed from January through March, producing litters approximately 2 months later. Citizens will often see more coyotes during the months of March to May, as they are hunting more to ready themselves for the upcoming litters.
Citizens who are concerned about coyotes in our area that have a desire to have them removed need to understand this is not feasible, nor is it recommended. Trapping and similar nuisance control actions cannot eliminate urban coyote problems, although this can be part of the solution in some situations.
If you live in an area where coyotes have been seen or are known to be present, the following precautions should be taken:
- Do not feed Coyotes! Keep pet food and water inside. Keep garbage securely stored.
- Keep Compost piles securely covered; never using bones or fat, which can draw coyotes.
- Keep pets inside or confined securely in your yard.
- Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside at night.
- Do not feed wildlife on the ground. Keep birdfeeders elevated.
- Keep fruit trees fenced and fruit picked up.
- DO NOT FEED FERAL CATS. This will encourage coyotes to prey on cats, as well as feed on cat food left out for them.
- Use noise making devices, such as air horns, whistles, etc., when coyotes are seen.