Bobcats and Coyotes
Do I need to be concerned about Bobcat or Coyote?
Bobcat and Coyote are still in the area. They are primarily seen along the creek beds, greenbelts, and open undeveloped areas of town. They are occasionally spotted in neighborhoods and parks.
Coyote attacks on humans are uncommon. Coyotes are opportunistic. They primarily eat small mammals, such as, rabbits, squirrels, and mice. They also enjoy fruit, and have been known to rummage through trash. (Pets could be taken as a food source especially cats and small dogs).
Coyotes are watching and learning from us; we influence their behavior, and it will be our actions that determine what the young coyotes learn. We want the next generation of coyotes to be naturally afraid of humans and not find our neighborhoods or back yards to be a safe place to live.
• Always keep cats indoors
• Keep pets on a leash while walking them
• Keep pets inside at night
• Small dogs should never be left unattended in the yard
• Keep pet food picked up at night
• Keep fallen fruit cleared from fruit trees (persimmon trees is a favorite)
• Keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles
• Keep debris clear that could be mistaken has a natural habitat
• Barns or sheds should have all openings blocked to prevent entry
• Have a whistle, horn, or some unpleasant distraction if one is spotted.
• If your pet is bitten or scratched by coyote, contact animal control and have your pet re-vaccination against rabies immediately.
Coyote breeding season is January through March. Gestation period is around two months. During this time of year, coyotes are more visible, very territorial, and can be more assertive in protecting their territory.
While walking dogs outdoors, citizens should carry a whistle or small air horn to discourage coyotes away from them if the coyote gets too close. Be alert and aware of your surroundings.