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February 27, 2013

The HSUS Conducts Educational Coyote and Fox Seminar in Lake Monticello, Va.

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

Lake Monticello Owner’s Association Wildlife Committee

The Humane Society of the United States, in collaboration with the Lake Monticello Owner’s Association Wildlife Committee, held an educational seminar Tuesday for Lake Monticello, Va., residents to share successful techniques for humanely preventing and solving conflicts with coyotes and foxes.

“Although conflicts with coyotes and foxes are relatively rare here, the Lake Monticello Owner’s Association is to be commended for taking a proactive approach to educating residents about coyotes and foxes,” 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 conflicts with wildlife in Lake Monticello.”

The seminar – which is given in communities throughout the country to help people compassionately coexist with wildlife in residential areas – included information about the natural history of coyotes and foxes and why hunting and trapping have failed to control their populations.

Attendees learned techniques for preventing and solving conflicts with coyotes and foxes in Lake Monticello, including tips for protecting pets from wildlife, and how to haze coyotes and reduce food attractants in yards and neighborhoods. Coyote hazing helps restore the fear of humans in coyotes who have become habituated to being around people and might pose a danger.

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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