What do I do when I see a coyote?

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If you encounter a coyote try the following hazing methods:

  • Yell and wave your arms while approaching the coyote.
  • Use noisemakers (your voice, whistles, air horns, bells, etc.)
  • Use projectiles (sticks, small rocks, cans, balls)
  • Try other repellents (water hose, water gun with vinegar water, walking sticks, pepper/bear spray)
  • Hazing is a method that uses deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourages an undesirable behavior or activity. Hazing can help maintain coyotes’ fear of humans and deter them from neighborhood spaces such as backyards, streets and parks.


  • NEVER RUN FROM A COYOTE. This can activate a prey drive and encourage the coyote to chase and “catch” you.
  • If the coyote doesn’t leave at first, continue approaching him and/or increase the intensity of your hazing until he runs away. If he runs a short distance away and stops to look at you, continue hazing until he leaves the area completely.
  • If a coyote returns after you’ve successfully hazed him or her, continue to haze the coyote as you did before. It typically takes only one or two times to haze a coyote away for good.
  • Contact the authorities and DO NOT INTERACT with a coyote whom you suspect of being sick or injured.
  • This has to be a community wide effort and is most effective when hazed by a variety of people using a variety of hazing methods.
  • The coyote must be able to recognize the threat is coming from you, a person. Do not hide from the coyote, let them know YOU are the threat to them.

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31. What do I do when I see a coyote?
32. Can I trap and relocate wildlife?
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35. Where can I view all of our local animal laws and ordinances?
36. What vaccines are needed for my pet?
37. How often should I get my pets their rabies vaccines?
38. What are the surgery days for T-N-R?
39. Can you euthanize my pet?
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