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January 24, 2013

The HSUS Conducts Workshops to Help Orange County Residents Live with Coyotes

Combination of education and innovative hazing techniques allow people, pets and coyotes to peacefully coexist

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with Orange County Animal Services, held a series of workshops Jan. 23 to explain successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife.

“The Humane Society of the United States values Orange County’s focus on empowering and educating residents to solve conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife,” 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 seminar for Orange County residents featured nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between residents, their pets, and coyotes. A second workshop for animal control officers was also held to further train officers in responding to coyote calls.

“Orange County is pleased to have Ms. White Dasher share her expertise about this emergent public issue, not only with members of the public but municipal and county government members who help residents shape their approach to coyotes and other wildlife species,” said Bob Marotto, director of Orange County Animal Services.

The coyote workshops 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.

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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