The Hectorcampbell NDA meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the Public Safety Building: 3200 SE Harrison Street, Milwaukie, OR

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Coyotes Spotted In Our Neighborhood

A neighbor came to our October meeting with a serious concern about coyotes in our neighborhood. Thanks to our concerned neighbor, more of us will be aware of the problem; if anyone else has concerns about issues facing our neighborhood, you are encouraged to come to a meeting or send us an email!

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.
To prevent coyotes from entering your yard consider removing unnecessary brush, installing a motion-sensitive lighting system, or installing a coyote proof fence. To be effective fences must be at least six feet tall, have no openings greater than four inches and should extend flush with the ground.

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


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