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Coyote Encounters along Maurys Trail in Long Canyon

Connie Nelin  | Published on 8/19/2019

The City of Austin has provided a set of flyers relating to living with Austin's wildlife.   These can be found on the website at  Wildlife Info .

They also encourage residents to:

  1. Report activity and behavior to 311 (512-974-2000)
  2. Keep pets on leash and monitor small pets while outside
  3. Haze the individual if sighted during day. Do not haze if cornered or too sick/mangy to move
  4. Limit attractants

 

Some detailed information they provided is:

 

Coyote Denning Season

During time of the year, coyotes may be more active as they support pups in the den. Denning season last from April-November. Coyotes are typically most active at dawn and dusk, though they may be seen hunting or traveling during daytime hours. We want to share space with coyotes, but not time. Hazing is a process that helps shape coyote behavior and encourages them to avoid contact with people and pets. It reinforces coyotes’ natural wariness without harming them. Please contact 311 to report concerning behavior or to receive more information about how to respond. Below are considerations regarding hazing and pet safety and coyotes:

 

Hazing should be exaggerated, assertive and consistent:

  • Make eye contact, yell and wave your arms. You want the coyote to know the behavior is directed at it. Waving your arms will make you seem bigger.
  • Use noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, a “shaker” can full of small rocks (or something similar), or bang something like pots and pans together.
  • If the coyote does not leave immediately, throw non-edible objects near it. You can use something like small rocks, sticks or tennis balls. Remember, the goal is not to hurt the coyote, you’re trying to get it to leave and associate humans with unpredictable, “scary” behavior.
  • Spray the coyote with a water hose, water guns or spray bottles. You can also use a mixture of water and vinegar, pepper spray or bear repellant.
  • If the coyote does not leave after escalating hazing efforts, maintain eye contact and back away slowly. Notify 311 immediately.
  • Don’t haze if a coyote appears sick or injured, is cornered or displaying acceptable coyote behavior.  Please call 311 to report sick or injured animals.

Pet safety:

  • Keep small pets inside if possible and monitor them when outside (specifically during twilight/night time hours)
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Provide secure shelters for poultry or other animals living outside
  • Avoid using extendable leashes; walk dogs on leashes that are 4-6 feet in length
  • Avoid letting dogs explore vegetation that you cannot see through

 

Reliable Food Sources:

  • Always keep trash and compost in a secure bin
  • Keep your barbecue grill clean
  • Keep the area under your fruit and nut trees free of droppings (a coyote’s diet can be up to 40% fruit in Texas)
  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors (if you must feed pets outside, feed during the daytime and remove the uneaten food as soon as the animal has finished).
  • Feeding wildlife and feral cats can attract coyotes. In addition to coyotes eating the food, mice and other animals will be drawn to leftovers, which can subsequently attract predators such as foxes and coyotes
For immediate assistance, call 311.