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May 16, 2012

The HSUS Teaches Bloomington, Minn. Residents how to Prevent Conflicts with Coyotes

A combination of education and innovative coyote hazing allows people, pets and coyotes to peacefully coexist

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with the City of Bloomington Animal Control, held an educational seminar to instruct Bloomington residents about nonlethal  techniques that they can use to prevent conflicts with coyotes.

Animal control officers in the city of Bloomington, like many communities in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region and throughout the U.S., have been responding to an increased number of calls from residents concerning coyote sightings.

The seminar featured tips for residents about how to protect pets from coyotes, how to reduce coyote attractants, such as pet food and unsecured garbage, and how to haze bold coyotes.  Coyote hazing helps restore the fear of humans back into habituated coyotes and involves the systematic use of deterrents such as noisemakers, projectiles and water hoses.

“The Humane Society of the United States values the City of Bloomington’s focus on education for resolving conflicts with coyotes,” said Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for The Humane Society of the United States. “Public education and coyote hazing are not only more humane solutions for resolving coyote conflicts, but they are also more effective and longer-lasting than the proven failures of lethal measures.”

Communities such as Denver, Colo., have achieved remarkable success using non-lethal deterrence programs. For tips on how you can prevent coyote conflicts and protect your pets, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes

Media Contact: Katie Jarl, 301-258-1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org

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