Ruined, Even Killed,
by People’s Carelessness!
Wild animals are in trouble,
and the problem is people who are careless with food
Coyotes play an important role in
the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under
control. They are by nature fearful of humans.
If coyotes are given access to human
food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose
caution and fear. They may cause property damage. They
might threaten human safety. They might be killed.
Relocating a problem coyote is not
an option because it only moves the problem to someone
Help prevent deadly conflicts for
these beautiful wild animals.
"Coyote country" precautions
- 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
Stash Your Food and Trash
Allowing coyotes 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
- 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
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting
rodents and other coyote prey.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry,
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.
Please respect and protect
Keep them wild.