Coyote breeding occurs between January and March and they will be most active during these months when their natural food sources may run short, and they will wander into yards in search of food. The DOW has provided several recommendations on how to deal with coyotes - the main points we have recounted below in this email. But we strongly urge you to DOWNLOAD the DOW's brochure entitled, "Your Guide to Avoiding Human-Coyote Conflicts". This document has more details on dealing with coyotes and should be beneficial to most residents. In addition, you can find additional info on the DOW website.
You cannot shoot coyotes. Be aware that it is illegal to discharge any firearm (even BB and pellet guns) within the city limits, so we urge you not to shoot coyotes. Unfortunately, PCVA can't get involved directly in coyote eradication efforts. Even if we could formulate some sort of approved plan with the DOW, the cost and liability would be too great. This is a problem best solved by direct homeowner involvement with the DOW. If you have an emergency with coyotes (or any other wildlife for that matter) please call the DOW directly at 719-227-5200.
CLICK HERE to download the document entitled "Your Guide to Avoiding Human-Coyote Conflicts".
CLICK HERE to visit the DOW website regarding dealing with coyotes.
Here are some highlights provided by the DOW on dealing with coyotes.
What To Do If You Live in Coyote Country:
- If you live in areas where coyotes have been seen, protect your pets! Coyotes will attack and kill cats and dogs. Do not allow your pets to roam, especially at night.
- Do not allow your dogs to run with coyotes.
- Don't leave pet food outside.
- Keep your garbage in a storage facility or in a tightly sealed container.
- Keep your distance and do not approach the animals.
- Keep your pets on a leash when walking them.
- If a coyote approaches you or your pet, you can throw rocks or sticks to frighten it away.
- Use a loud, authoritative voice to frighten the animal.