Living safely with coyotes
(May 24, 2017)
The city would like to remind residents of the dangers of coyotes. Typically spring time is breeding season for coyotes, and they are very active throughout day and evening hours.
NEVER feed a coyote. Coyotes are attracted to neighborhoods due to the availability of garbage, pet food and even pets, which coyotes see as prey.
Reduce the risk to your pet by following these guidelines:
- The only way to guarantee your cat’s safety is to keep it indoors.
- Always supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk
- Keep your dog on a short leash while recreating — avoid retractable leashes
- Do not allow your dog to play or interact with a coyote
- If possible, pick up your dog when coyotes are visible
- Avoid known or potential den sites and thick vegetation
- Like domestic dogs, coyotes will defend their territory and their young
- If you must leave your dog outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel
Although naturally curious, coyotes are usually timid animals and normally run away if confronted. Coyote attacks on humans are rare.
If you have concerns about encountering a coyote, you may want to keep a deterrent handy.
Deterrents can include:
- pots and pans
- vinegar in a water gun
- air horns
- repellent spray.
Under Westminster Municipal Code 6-2-9 Firearms:
(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly discharge firearms, deadly weapons or destructive devices of any kind or description within the limits of the city; provided, however, that this shall not apply to police officers in the discharge of their duties.
Do what you can to discourage a coyote’s approach:
- Be as big and loud as possible
- Wave your arms, clap and throw objects at the coyote
- Shout in a loud and authoritative voice
- Do not run or turn your back on the coyote
- Face the coyote and back away slowly
If you witness a coyote attack or are attacked by one, please call 911.
Get complete details about coyote dangers and how to avoid them.