Let's do all we can to show these proud Scouts that The Swiss Avenue Historic District supports their good works!
There have been multiple sightings recently of coyotes in and around The Swiss Avenue Historic District. They've been spotted on lawns, in bushes, and roaming the streets. As welcoming as we all are to new neighbors, there are limits to our open-hearted nature.
The following is a list of tips for residents:
- Urban coyotes are located throughout the City.
- There is much more visibility of coyotes right now due to the moderate temperatures which is also making them active during the daytime.
- The best way to discourage coyotes in our area is a water hose with a spray nozzle, or a Super Soaker water gun which can also be good for dog walkers. It is OK to step toward them, acting aggressive will re-instill their flight response. The theory behind this is that if you can touch them, they feel more threatened and will move on. It may take more than one encounter so each time you see an animal spray them to reinforce their natural fear of people.
- Use loud noises. Yelling is not typically enough as they are used to loud urban environment. A whistle or small air horn can be effective.
- The screeching noises we hear from coyotes is typically associated with mating, not killing of animals. We are going into mating season.
- Keep all food inside including outdoor pet food, trash cans sealed and small pets indoors or supervised. Bird feeders also attract coyotes due to the squirrels and rats attracted to excess food.
- Coyotes will not typically go into backyards with human activity.
- Relocating or killing them does not typically work as new animals simply move in to the territory.
Below are links to some additional information you might find helpful:
For more about the situation, check out these news stories by clicking on the links under the image below: