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Posted on: January 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Urban Coyotes

photo of a coyote

Coyotes have lived in larger cities of other states for decades, but they are a relatively recent addition to urban areas in Kansas.

Highly adaptable, coyotes often seek out parks and undeveloped edges, but they will travel into residential or commercial areas, primarily at night. Some learn to live in highly populated and busy parts of the city.

Similar to rural coyotes, urban coyotes form packs and maintain defined home ranges. Rodents, deer (often vehicle killed), fruit and rabbits make up most of their diet, with trash and pet food generally being minimal. Vehicle strikes are the most frequent cause of urban coyote mortality.


TIPS

•DO NOT feed coyotes. Many coyotes that bite people have learned to associate people with food. Intentional feeding is the fastest way to create a problem. Unintentional feeding occurs when pet food is left out, fallen fruit or garden vegetables are not picked up, and trash can lids are not secured. Overgrown vegetation will create habitat for rabbits or rodents which attract coyotes.
•DO NOT leave out water sources (removing water sources also reduces mosquitoes populations).
•DO NOT leave pets outside unattended. Even in a fenced yard, cats and small dogs may be at risk of attack. Risk is greatest at dawn, dusk and nighttime, when coyotes are most active. A small,  complete enclosure within a yard is a safer option if you must leave the pet outside. Keep pets on a leash while walking.
•If you see a coyote, scare it away. Shout, throw rocks or sticks, and act aggressively toward any unwanted coyote by waving your arms until it leaves. Coyotes that recognize people as a threat are less likely to become a problem.


A Coyote in the City brochure from KDWPT


Living With Coyotes information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Learn more from KDWPT 

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