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November 8, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Conducts Workshop to Help DeKalb County Solve Conflicts with Coyotes

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

coyote standing, side view

John Harrison

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement, held a workshop featuring successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes.

The workshop was organized for animal control officers in DeKalb County and other surrounding counties in response to a rising number of concerns about coyotes from residents throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Animal control officers learned about nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between humans and coyotes as well as with other wildlife.

“The Humane Society of the United States values DeKalb 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 coyote workshop featured tips for protecting pets from coyotes, reducing coyote attractants, such as pet food and unsecured garbage 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.

“We are excited to be working with The Humane Society of the United States on taking a proactive approach toward solving conflicts with coyotes in DeKalb County,” said Sgt. Tim Medlin, manager of cruelty investigations for DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement.

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

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

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