In light of the increase in coyote activity around the community and the loss of multiple neighbors’ pets, we want to share some recommendations and information from the City of Austin.
- ALWAYS be present with small dogs and cats while outside.
- Small pets are not safe when left unattended, especially at night.
- Outdoor cats are not safe, at night or during the day, but make a point of bringing them indoors at night.
- The city encourages hazing coyotes when seen during the day.
- Do not take photos of the coyotes, unless you are going to haze immediately after. Taking photos without hazing will just encourage the coyote’s behavior.
- Hazing will encourage the coyotes to avoid contact with people and pets.
- You can haze with you voice, a whistle, air horn, waving your arms, stomping, or throwing rocks if needed. This gives the coyotes a negative consequence and makes them feel unsafe.
- Smells from food, garbage, and/or compost will draw the interest of coyotes.
- Remember, coyotes are opportunistic, so they will take advantage of whatever food source is available.
For more information, visit https://austintexas.gov/coyotes.