Fall Coyote Update & Reminders
The Town of Erie would like to remind residents of tips and information with regard to coyotes living on the Front Range.
Humans can take an active role in keeping coyotes in their community wild by removing attractants, taking responsibility for pet safety, hazing coyotes off of private property, working with neighbors, and homeowners associations and learning about coyote ecology and behavior.
Residential areas provide habitat for coyotes. Plentiful food sources exist, such as mice, rabbits and voles. These small animals feed on birdseed, berries and garbage, which are commonly found and easily accessible. Shelter and water can be found in landscaped parks and yards. Space is plentiful throughout parks, trails, and natural areas. As coyotes adapt to the presence of humans, they lose their natural fear of us.
In late September or early October, breeding and mating season is over and pups are big enough now that they can run fast to get out of trouble. At this time the older adults will kick the juveniles out of the group. Sometimes this movement increases conflict because the young coyotes will be exploring different areas. Below are 10 tips to help proactively minimize human and coyote conflict.
Top 10 Proactive Measures to Minimize Human & Coyote Conflict
- Never feed coyotes.
- Feed cats and dogs, as well as other pets indoors.
- Keep garbage and compost in securely closed cans or inside a storage area.
- Keep cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night.
- Keep dogs on short leashes while walking and attended outside.
- Take a walking stick, pepper spray, or other non-lethal means to repel coyotes while on trails.
- Clean under bird feeders and make certain that feeders are out of reach of coyotes.
- Clean barbeque grills regularly, including the ground around the grill.
- Secure and maintain fences in good working order (do not assume fence will keep coyote out).
- Have noisemakers available to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard. Even something as simple as a can with coins in it will make enough noise to scare them away.
Visit the Coyote FAQ page on the Town's website for more detailed information.