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February 7, 2013

The HSUS Conducts Workshops to Help Bayside Residents Live with Coyotes

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

  • Public education and coyote hazing are the most humane options when handling coyote conflicts.   John Harrison

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with the Village of Bayside, held a series of workshops yesterday to explain successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife.

“The Humane Society of the United States values the Village of Bayside’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 Bayside residents featured nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between residents, their pets and coyotes. A second workshop for police officers and other municipal staff was held to train them on humane ways to respond to coyote calls.

“We are continually seeking new ways to ensure the safety of our citizens, and are very much appreciative of the efforts The Humane Society of the United States and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have taken to help educate our residents, staff and the general public on the co-existence of residents with the wildlife in our community,” said Andy Pederson, Village of Bayside manager.

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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