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Be Educated about Coyote Sighting and Encounters

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls in the last few weeks about coyote sightings and encounters in the higher populated areas of Douglas County.

Sheriff David A. Weaver wants citizens to become educated about these animals as well as the do’s and don’ts when encountering a coyote.

The following are things you can do if you spot a coyote in your neighborhood or near your home:

Frighten coyotes with loud noises.

Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container.

In your yard, remove pet food, fallen fruit and spilled seed beneath birdfeeders.

Use yard lights or motion detectors to frighten them away.

Keep pets in fenced areas or covered kennels.

Stay with your pets while outdoors, unless pets are in a secured, covered kennel.

Do not allow pets to run loose. Keep pets on a leash.

Coyotes are usually skittish around humans and typically try to avoid people whenever possible.

If you encounter a coyote:

Never feed or attempt to tame a coyote.

Do not turn your back or run from a coyote.

If approached, make loud noises and make yourself look big. If this fails, throw rocks or other objects.

Always keep yourself between the coyote and small children.

Although attacks on humans are extremely rare, parents need to speak to their children about what to do if they encounter a coyote.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has an extensive Web site that details information about coyotes and what to do if you spot one.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109



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