coyote in the bushes• Coyotes are amazingly adaptable and can survive in nearly any habitat.  Providing easy meals for them, eliminates their natural fear of humans and increases their population. Keep wildlife wild!

• Never leave pet food or trash outside where it will attract wildlife.

• Avoid walking dogs during dawn or dusk hours, which are coyotes’ normal feeding times. Avoid using a retractable leash. Coyotes will notice a dog walked frequently on an extended leash. The coyote will come back, grab the dog, and leave the owner holding an empty leash. When walking a pet, carry a stick, whistle or air horn.

• Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings – This reduces cover for coyotes and their prey, such as rodents and other small animals.

• Protect children. Although rare, coyotes have been known to seriously injure children. Do not leave young children unattended, even in a backyard.

• Protect pets and livestock. These are favorite prey for coyotes. Keep pets indoors, especially at night. When not indoors, keep dogs and cats leashed at all times – there is a Pinellas County Ordinance that prohibits dogs or cats roaming freely.

• Use negative reinforcement. Make sure coyotes know that they are not welcome. Harass coyotes with loud noises, clapping hands, yelling, throwing rocks at them, using air horns or spray with a garden hose.