Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that can thrive in almost any setting, including residential areas. They are generally afraid of people but can become accustomed to them if they find an easy food source like pet food or if they are intentionally fed.
Do Not Feed Coyotes
Feeding wild animals such as coyotes and feral cats violates City Code, and violators can face fines. Please do your part to make sure wild animals such as coyotes are not fed - either intentionally or unintentionally.
What to Do if You Encounter a Coyote
If you encounter a coyote, shout, clap or throw something in its direction. Acting aggressively helps re-instill a fear of humans in coyotes.
Anyone can call 9-1-1 if they observe any wild animal behaving in a threatening manner. Police officers will respond.
How to Protect Pets
Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, small dogs) indoors. Don’t allow them to run free at any time. They are easy prey.
Use a short leash when walking your pet. Never let a coyote get between you and your pet.
Dogs should be brought inside after dark and never allowed to run loose. This is especially important during mating season, which is February through April.
Do not leave domestic pet food outside. Wildlife will soon depend on it.
Fences do not guarantee your pet's safety. Always attend to small pets outdoors.