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Living with Urban Coyotes

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Coyotes live and thrive in every major metropolitan city in the United States. These wily creatures adapt well to living among the human population, as do other wildlife species. Now the question is how we adapt to the wild — how can people live with urban coyotes?

Speakers Josh Cerda and Pat Jackson from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Carl Frey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), lead this lecture and workshop, Wednesday, August 16, 7pm, Main Theater at Clark County Library, lvccld.org1401 E. Flamingo Road.

This free seminar will provide participants with the knowledge they need to live with Southern Nevada’s urban coyotes. The event is moderated by Jess Brooks, Wildlife Education Coordinator, Nevada Department of Wildlife.

“Perhaps the most frequent callers are pet owners who fear for their safety and that of their pet,” said Josh Cerda, an urban wildlife coordinator for the Department of Wildlife. “As a general rule, coyotes want nothing to do with us, but they will eat small pets.”

Coyotes don’t differentiate between a house cat and a rabbit. They both represent something edible, but there are some things pet owners can do to lessen the chance of losing a pet to hungry coyote.

Carl Frey, a wildlife biologist with Wildlife Service, recommends that “you always keep your pet close to you, under control and on a leash. I also would suggest that you choose the times to feed and exercise your pet wisely, keeping in mind that most coyote activity is in the early morning, dusk and at night.”

Frey also said it is a good idea to keep pet food locked up and always feed them indoors. He recommends closing dog and cat doors after dark so your pet can’t go outside unattended during those hours.  “I also would be cautious about getting close to a coyote’s habitat or areas where they have been frequently spotted. When they have young this makes the adults more territorial and aggressive,” he said.

While there are several non-lethal techniques that can be used to minimize the chances of losing a pet to a coyote, Frey said, “The best way is to remove what coyotes need to survive — food, water and shelter. If you can reduce the availability of these three things, this will make the area less desirable for coyotes.”

The talk is co-sponsored by Nevada Department of Wildlife and Wildlife Services (a division of APHIS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

For more information about the Living with Urban Coyote seminars contact Jessica Heitt in Reno, 775-688-1501 or Josh Cerda in Las Vegas, 702-486-5127, ext. 3851.

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The Clark County Library serves as a regional resource for southern Clark County. The library houses the Southern Nevada Nonprofit Information Center and offers two theaters, a 399-seat main theater and 110-seat Jewel Box Theater. It also offers free wireless Internet access.




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