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Austin Adopts Humane Coyote Management Plan

The City of Austin has created a humane coyote management policy for solving conflicts among people, pets and coyotes within the city. The Humane Society of the United States has been working with Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission for the past year to develop the coyote policy, which emphasizes coexistence and tolerance for coyotes, rather than cruel and ineffective trapping and killing programs.

The new policy focuses on addressing coyote conflicts by reducing food attractants in neighborhoods, educating residents about how to protect their pets and using proven nonlethal aversive conditioning (or hazing) techniques to deter coyotes who have become too bold. It also stipulates that lethal control of coyotes would be limited to rare cases of a coyote attack on a person or an incident that presents a true risk to human safety.

Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS said: “We commend the City of Austin for taking this proactive step in adopting a humane and effective plan for preventing and managing coyote conflicts. Austin can now serve as a role model for communities across the nation.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 240-778-5545, namini@humanesociety.org