Kathy Hershey from Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators has some do's and don'ts for dealing with Urban Coyotes.
Two creatures that have exactly the same rep as the coyotes are the Great Horned Owl and the Red Tailed Hawk. They used to be field hunters, and now are in and near neighborhoods because of the proliferation of bunnies, squirrels, mice and rats. They, also, have been known to eat chickens,and grab small dogs and cats. The population dynamics are the same as those driving the coyote.
Do not let yourself be intimidated by coyotes. If you see them, use loud noises, light, throw things, etc.
Keep your garbage secured.
Never feed coyotes or other wildlife. Do not intentionally attract or try to "pet" them.
Keep your pets safe, and do not leave them unsupervised. Keep cats indoors, particularly at night.
Feed pets indoors. Bring in pet foods at night.
Make sure your pets are properly vaccinated.
Keep bird feeding areas clean. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen in your yard.
Close off spaces under decks and sheds.
Cut back brushy areas in your yard. Clean up fallen fruit from fruit trees.
Protect livestock from attack with adequate fencing, use guardian animals, or bring in at night.
Educate your neighbors!
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