The reality is that coyotes have increasingly invaded neighborhoods and subdivisions because they have discovered that killing a pet or attacking a child is much easier than chasing a deer a half a mile thru the woods. If you have sighted coyotes in your neighborhood, and do not have a problem with pets disappearing or neighbors being challenged by these Apex Predators, you soon will. The ONLY solution to the problem is to have them trapped out so they do not become Habituated to Human contact. Habituation is a Behavioral change that occurs in the Coyote when he becomes "Desensitized" to Human Interaction. They then lose their "Innate Fear of Man" and become much more bold and aggressive towards Humans. Below is the 7 step progression and escalation of Coyote behavior due to this Habituation phenomenon.
pay close attention to the recommendations provided in this study for Coyote Management after a 3 year old toddler was killed by a Coyote in her driveway in Glendale, CA.
A portion of this discussion will relate program initiation, effort, and success to observed changes in coyote behavior that indicate an increasing risk to human safety (see Timm et al. 2004). These stages of behavioral change are often predictable and occur in this sequence:
1. An increase in observing coyotes on streets and in yards at night. 2. An increase in coyotes approaching adults and/or taking pets at night. 3. Early morning and late afternoon daylight observance of coyotes on streets and in parks and yards. 4.Daylight observance of coyotes chasing or taking pets. 5. Coyotes attacking and taking pets on leash or in close proximity to their owners; coyotes chasing joggers, bicyclists, and other adults. 6. Coyotes seen in and around children’s play areas, school grounds, and parks in mid-day. 7. Coyotes acting aggressively toward adults during mid-day.
Generally, the earlier in the sequence the coyote management program is initiated, the lower the amount of resources needed and the higher the chances of success in preventing attacks on humans.
The Stark Reality is that we are all going to have to eventually deal with this problem whether we want to or not. To do nothing is the worst decision you can make. This is verified by the extensive study above.
"So the question is whom will you believe? Will you believe the news media who has a political agenda in this matter. Or will you believe the Truth and documented Scientific Evidence presented here about these Apex Predators? But more than that, what are you going to do about your coyote or other predator problem? Doing nothing will provide you with the same result as well as escalation in aggressive behavior towards you, your family, pets or Livestock."
"The Economic Value of Nuisance Wildlife Management"
Conflict with Nuisance Wildlife can be expensive. It is nearly always more cost effective to be Pro Active and have the animals removed before they attack or kill a pet, livestock or human. We can remove the Coyote, Fox or Raccoon at a much lower cost. So what would you rather do, see a coyote roaming your property or neighborhood and wait until it attacks pets or humans and then pay not only the medical costs in addition to the cost to have it removed. Or be Pro Active and have the animal removed up front which is much more cost effective. Any wildlife that will not run from a human has become Habituated or is Diseased and is a very dangerous animal. An attack will eventually happen. Consider the costs, because Procrastination can be very expensive.