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February 21, 2013

The HSUS Conducts Workshops to Help Tybee Island 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 the Tybee Island Police Department, held a series of workshops Wednesday to share successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife.

“The Humane Society of the United States values Tybee Island’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 Tybee Island residents featured nonlethal techniques that can be used to prevent conflicts between residents, their pets and coyotes. Participants learned 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.

A second workshop for law enforcement was held to further train officers in responding to coyote calls.

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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