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Note from the DNR on Coyotes
Posted on Dec 16th, 2013


NOTE FROM DNR:
 
Coyotes near homes are becoming a regular occurrence in many locations.  Although DNR staff is unable to provide assistance to actually help remove animals, we can offer advice on prevention and control of existing problems.    Because coyote populations are doing so well, and because they are quite resilient, removing problem coyotes only temporarily solves the problem as different coyotes usually come in to fill the vacant territory.  As a way to prevent negative conflicts between property owners and coyotes, we have the following information and suggestions (green type) on our website - www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/.  Here is the direct link - http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5688.htm.  It would be good to share this info with your neighbors.
 
Coyotes are opportunistic foragers that will consume anything of nutritional value. Coyotes primarily feed on small mammals, even in urban environments, but they will not tu  rn down an easy meal, nor will they pass up a free meal of artificial food sources. They will scavenge exposed garbage or other refuse, and may even kill and consume house cats and small dogs.
 
Prevention and Control
Feed pets indoors whenever possible; pick up leftovers if feeding outdoors and store pet and livestock feed where it's inaccessible to wildlife Eliminate water bowls and other artificial water sources (if possible).
Position bird feeders in a location that is less likely to attract small animals or bring the feeders in at night (to keep coyotes from feeding on the bird food or the other animals).
Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it. Secure garbage containers Trim and clean shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover for coyotes or their prey Do not allow pets to run free and provide secure nighttime housing for them If you start seeing coyotes around your home, discourage them by shouting, making loud noises or throwing rocks but N  EVER corner a coyote- always give the coyote a free escape route.
If, after reading the above material, you would like to discuss coyote behaviors in more detail you can call or e-mail your local DFW District Wildlife Biologist or the Furbearer Biologist.  Hamilton County is a part of the District 7 wildlife biologists' area; his name is Rick Peercy (info below).
 
Rick Peercy
Prophetstown State Park
4112 E. SR 225
West Lafayette, IN 47906 (765) 567-2152
Email: rpeercy@dnr.IN.gov
 
Furbearer Biologist (Bloomington field office) Shawn Rossler
(812) 334-1137
srossler@dnr.in.gov
 
Also, the DNR also licenses individuals to provide nuisance wild animal control services to the public. Find one near you at:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-Licensed_Nuisance_Wild_Animal_Control_Ops_byCounty.pdf.
 
Patti
DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife
 
 
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