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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Coyotes in Hollywood Park? (Nine Common Sense Precautions Around Coyotes)

Yes, there are urban coyotes in Hollywood Park!  With our rural setting, and large deer population, it was probably only a matter of time before the coyotes discovered Hollywood Park.  Resident sitings of coyotes have been on the rise, and reports of missing pets have folks more concerned than ever in Hollywood Park.  According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are some common sense precautions residents can take to manage the coyote population:
  • "Do not feed coyotes!  Keep pet food and water inside.  Keep garbage securely stored, especially if it has to be put on the curb for collection; use tight locking or bungee-cord-wrapped trashcans that are not easily opened."
  • "Keep compost piles securely covered; correct composting never includes animal matter like bones or fat, which can draw coyotes even more quickly than decomposing vegetable matter."
  • "Keep pets inside, confined securely in a kennel or covered exercise yard, or within the close presence of an adult."
  • "Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside, especially at night."
  • "Do not feed wildlife on the ground; keep wild bird seed in feeders designed for birds elevted or hanging above ground, and clean up spilled seed from the ground; coyotes can either be drawn directly to the seed, or to the rodents drawn to the seed."
  • "Keep fruit trees fenced or pick up fruit that falls to the ground."
  • "Do not feed feral cats (domestics gone wild); this can encourage coyotes to prey on cats, as well as feed on cat food left out for them."
  • "Minimize clusters of shrubs, trees and other cover and food plants near buildings and children's play areas to avoid attracting rodents and small mammals that will in turn attract coyotes."
  • "Use noise making and other scaring devices when coyotes are seen.  Check with local authorities regarding noise and firearms ordinances.  Portable air horns, motor vehicle horns, propane cannons, starter pistols, low-powered pellet guns, slingshots, and thrown rocks can be effective."

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