Hi Everyone –
The purpose of this Resource Page is to supply easily accessible and downloadable information to educate the public on how easy it is to coexist with wildlife in urban areas. I worked hard on these flyers and want to make them available to anyone. Coexistence works in Denver, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and other places. A coexistence policy can work in your community, too. There are scientific papers which support this point of view.
For instance, when coyotes are trapped and killed, it opens a niche for more coyotes to move into the same habitat. And, right after the killings, when there are fewer coyotes occupying that local habitat, females find more food and produce larger litters. The result—more coyotes in the area and the killing cycle never ends. A stable coyote population, by contrast, naturally keeps its numbers in check. As coyotes become “wise” — adapted to the habitat they occupy— they, too, learn the ropes of sharing an environment. With both humans and coyotes living within this balance, we get a win-win situation for everyone.
In many communities inhumane practices are being employed to eliminate coyotes. All trapped coyotes must be killed according to most state laws. Pelts are often sold and end up lining coats in China or Russia. In some places, an exception to the law allows for live coyotes to be sold to baiting organizations, which let dogs chase and kill the coyote for entertainment or to fox hunters who let the hunting dogs in training chase and kill coyotes. Let’s stop this cruel treatment now.
A simple coexistence management plan, which features public awareness and education programs, has been shown to be more effective than killing. An effective plan includes modifying both human and coyote behavior. This information may be downloaded as flyers and distributed.
TWO VIDEO PRESENTATIONS ABOUT URBAN COYOTE BEHAVIOR AND GUIDELINES:
The shorter video below has been extracted from the first for a shorter presentation — it excludes many behavior slides and the section on killing coyotes contained in the longer version:
INFORMATIVE FLYERS FOR DISTRIBUTION IN URBAN AREAS:
HOW TO HANDLE COYOTE ENCOUNTERS (was “How To Shoo Off A Coyote”)
INFORMATION FOR COYOTES ON FARMS, RANCHES AND RURAL AREAS: