Have you seen coyotes around Smyrna and Vinings? Tell us in the comments!
Prevention is the best defense:
- Take pets and pet food indoors during the night, as this is the coyote’s primary hunting time.
- If the pet must be kept outside, put up fencing to discourage coyotes.
- Small livestock or poultry should be kept in an enclosed or sheltered area. Coyotes rarely bother larger livestock although they often are blamed for such nuisance instances.
- Secure garbage cans with rope, bungee cords or chains.
- Eliminate artificial water sources and Koi ponds.
- Consider motion activated outdoor lighting or sprinklers.
What to do when you encounter a coyote:
- Never attempt to “tame” a coyote.
- Never feed a coyote.
- Do not turn your back on or run from a coyote.
- Attempt to leave the area calmly.
- If followed by a coyote, make loud noises and make yourself look big by raising your hands above your head, or making a cape of your coat or shirttails and holding it up behind you.
- If this fails, throw clods of earth or sticks, first near the ground next to the coyote, then, if necessary, toward the body, but never at the head.
- Always keep yourself between a coyote and small children or companion animals.
- If walking on trails frequented by coyotes, carry a deterrent such as an air horn, whistle, walking stick, or cane.