Please share the information below with your neighbors, and take precautions to protect you pets, especially cats and small dogs.
The Portland Audubon Society has lots of information in the Living With Urban wildlife section of their website. Specific coyote information is found here: Living With Urban Coyotes
Reducing Human-Coyote Conflicts (from the Portland Audubon Society):
- Never deliberately feed a coyote or other wild mammal.
- Securely cover garbage cans and compost bins.
- Remove fallen fruit from yards.
- Eliminate opportunities for rats to breed in and around your yard.
- Never deliberately approach a coyote and teach children to respect all wildlife from a distance.
- Keep house pets indoors and allow only controlled access to the outdoors (fenced yards and leashes). Always keep pets in from dusk to dawn when coyotes are most active.
If you do not want coyotes around your home, let them know that they are not welcome. If you see a coyote, shout and make noise, wave your arms.
The Humane Society has information on what to do if you see a Coyote: Coyote Hazing: Guidelines for Discouraging Neighborhood Coyotes
Research from Ohio State University: ON THE LOOSE: URBAN COYOTES THRIVE IN NORTH AMERICAN CITIES