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August 17, 2012

The HSUS Conducts Workshops to Help Southern California Residents Live with Coyotes

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 Long Beach Animal Services and the City of Huntington Beach Police Department, held a series of educational seminars Aug. 14-16 for southern California residents to explain successful techniques to humanely prevent and solve conflicts with coyotes.

The HSUS held the seminars in response to concerns from residents about coyotes throughout southern California. An HSUS urban wildlife specialist shared information on nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between humans, their pets and coyotes.

Three seminars, held in Long Beach and Huntington Beach, featured tips for protecting pets from coyotes, reducing coyote attractants in neighborhoods and 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 HSUS held additional workshops for animal control and police officers in Long Beach and San Bernardino Valley to further train officers in responding to coyote calls. Officers in these communities have been responding to a rising number of concerns from residents about coyotes.

“These communities are doing the right thing by focusing on education for humanely 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.”

For more information about solving conflicts with coyotes, please visit www.humanesociety.org/coyotes

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

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