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September 19, 2012

The HSUS Conducts Educational Coyote Seminar for Loudoun County, Va. Residents

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 Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, held an educational seminar Sept. 18 for Loudoun County, Va. residents to explain successful techniques for humanely preventing and solving conflicts with coyotes.

“Although coyote conflicts are still relatively rare in Loudoun County, it’s excellent that the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is taking a proactive approach toward educating residents about coyotes,” said Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for The HSUS. “A few simple modifications in our behavior and the way that we care for our pets will go a long way toward preventing coyote conflicts throughout Loudoun County.”

The seminar described the natural history of the coyote, explained why hunting and trapping have been unsuccessful in controlling their populations and how to compassionately coexist with them in our cities, suburbs and everywhere in between. 

The seminar also featured techniques for preventing and solving conflicts with coyotes in Loudoun County, including tips for protecting pets, reducing coyote attractants in yards and neighborhoods and how to haze bold coyotes. Coyote hazing helps restore the fear of humans back into habituated coyotes.

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

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

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