February 19, 2015
What to Do about Coyotes
Humane solutions to problems with coyotes are more effective than cruelty
Coyotes have been hunted, trapped, poisoned, and persecuted ever since the early days of western settlement.
Today, that old struggle has been transposed onto the suburban/urban stage, as coyote sightings raise alarm and unfounded fears—and lead to misguided programs to ‘control’ or kill these animals.
Trying to eliminate coyotes isn’t the answer. The answer lies in learning what attracts them to our homes in the first place, and then using strategies to solve that problem at its source.
People can live amidst coyotes yet never see them. Often it's only a night chorus or group howl that alerts them to the presence of this wild canid in their neighborhoods. We have a long way to go towards learning how to coexist with coyotes in this increasingly urban world.
The basics for living peacefully with coyotes
Techniques for Resolving Coyote Conflicts
Why Is There a Coyote in My Yard? Food Lures and Other Answers
Coyotes, Pets, and Feral Cats
Coyotes and People: What to Know If You See or Encounter a Coyote
Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Work
Coyote Hazing: Guidelines for Discouraging Neighborhood Coyotes
» Coyote Management and Coexistence Plan (PDF)
» Schedule a Coyote Hazing Training workshop in your community (PDF)
» Living with Wild Neighbors in Urban and Suburban Communities: A Guide for Local Leaders (gives elected officials and other decision-makers the tools to implement long-lasting, nonlethal solutions to community wildlife conflicts)
» Wild Neighbors (our go-to guide for useful, humane solutions to conflicts with wildlife)
» Humane Wildlife Services (Our wildlife conflict resolution service in the D.C. Metro Area)
» Project Coyote: promoting an educated coexistence between people and coyotes