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July 18, 2012

The HSUS Conducts Workshops to Help Fairfield County Live with Coyotes & Other Wildlife

Combination of education and innovative coyote hazing allows people, pets and wildlife to peacefully coexist

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with Fairfield County Animal Control, held a series of workshops July 16-17 to explain successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife.

The workshops were held in response to the rising number of concerns from residents about coyotes in Fairfield County. The two workshops, one for animal control officers and one for residents, offered a chance to share information on nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between humans and coyotes as well as with other wildlife.

The coyote workshops featured tips for protecting pets from coyotes, reducing coyote attractants, such as pet food and unsecured garbage, and methods for hazing bold coyotes. Coyote hazing helps restore the fear of humans back into habituated coyotes and involves the systematic use of deterrents including noisemakers, projectiles and water hoses.

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

The workshop for animal control officers included techniques for handling wildlife problem calls over the phone. Solutions were given for common problems, such as what to do about a raccoon in the chimney, a skunk under the deck, or a woodchuck in the garden. Helping callers discern real problems from unfounded fears was another aspect of the workshop.

People may panic when they encounter unfamiliar wild animals. Sometimes they just need to learn, for example, that it’s extremely rare for people to get sprayed by a skunk – and when dogs do, there is a great de-odorizing solution right in their cupboards. One goal for The HSUS is to dispel myths about backyard wildlife so residents can fully enjoy having wild animals in their communities.

For more information on humane wildlife management, please visit, humanesociety.org/wildneighbors

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

 

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