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Residents Seeing More Coyotes

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Courtesy: Chad Wilcox Courtesy: Chad Wilcox
Courtesy: Chad Wilcox Courtesy: Chad Wilcox

 

As homes get built further into the rural areas of northern Nevada, residents have reported seeing and hearing more coyotes in recent months.

"I've seen some, over in Arrowcreek around Christmas," said Mart Jaama of south Reno. "I went there for a party, it's the biggest one I've ever seen crossing a road at night."

Those who live off of Vista Boulevard and Los Altos Parkway have seen the animals by the stoplight and in the hills near the neighborhoods.

"I've seen a few dusk-time coming home from work," said Darci Bertram of Sparks. "Otherwise, primarily, I don't see them. We only hear them, and they're definitely within a block or two away."

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) says there are a few reasons why we're seeing more of them.

"This is the time of year when coyotes pair up to go into the mating cycle," said Chris Healy, Public Information Officer for NDOW. "They're very visible this time of year."

Healy said the increase might also be attributed to the on-going drought the state is seeing.

"The fact that they're closer to town means that they're coming closer to these places like golf courses, parks, irrigation ditches," he said. "Places that still has some water, some green up, smaller animals that they can hunt."

With that said, NDOW is warning those with pets to keep them inside during the early-morning and dusk hours -- the typical time for the coyotes to roam. Healy also says to keep your dogs on leashes when going out for a walk.

"Since they're so adapted to human activity, you don't want your pets, or cat, or dog, to become actually bait for the coyotes, so be careful out there," he said.

Officials say coyotes are attracted to the areas around homes for how easily-accessible food, water and shelter are. The following are some tips to try to keep them away:

-Garbage can lids should be closed and secured at all times, if it's outside.
-Pets should be fed during the non-peak hours and have it all removed from the outdoors before it gets dark.
-Your pets' water bowls should not be left outside during the night.
-fruit trees and gardens should be enclosed by a coyote-proof fence.
-fences should be at least 5 and a half feet tall and made out of solid wood, cement blocks, brick or wire. If possible, try to electrify it with fence charger to prevent coyotes from going through.

And, keep in mind, while a lot of people have pet doors, there's a chance wild animals can get through them and into your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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