Coyotes and YOU
As you are probably already aware, there have been a number of sightings and encounters with coyotes roaming our residential areas lately. The photo above left was taken in the backyard of a house on Creekside Drive, the above right photo was captured recently in the Woodland Glen subdivision on the east side of Ward Road. Read on to be informed about what you can do!
Many of you may have called the Animal Control Department. They referred you to the Missouri Department of Conservation. And you were told that there was not much that one can do about the encroachment of these animals into our living areas.
The Crossing Homes Association Board of Directors have compiled this page to inform you. It is our hope that we, as a community, can join together and work to keep these freely roaming animals away from our families and beloved pets.
Coyotes are animals that prey upon a wide variety of different things, including fruit, garbage and small rodents, such as mice, rabbits and squirrels.
The predators of coyotes include tigers, wolves, bears and humans. That's right HUMANS! Coyotes naturally avoid humans when they are conditioned to be frightened of them.
According to an online article published in "Missouri Conservationist" on March 1, 2019, the author, Dan Zarlenga asserts, "Like any new neighbors, coyotes take some time to get used to. Fortunately, coyotes pose little threat to people. A 2009 study of coyote attacks on humans in the U.S. and Canada uncovered fewer than 150 such occurrences between 1960–2006. Most resulting injuries were minor, with just a single bite to the victim. About one-third of the incidents involved people feeding the coyotes. A minor portion of cases were connected to rabid coyotes, or coyotes that were cornered or protecting their den and pups."
You can read the entire article by clicking this link: Coyotes Going Metro | Missouri Department of Conservation (mo.gov)
It is actually a violation of the City of Lee’s Summit ordinance to feed wild animals (Ord. No. 6926, § 2, 5-6-2010) specifically, Chapter 5, Article I, Section 5-11. Click that link to read the whole text of the ordinance.
Here are some tips that can help reduce the danger of any interactions with coyotes you may experience:
- Closely supervise your young children, talk with your older children about ways to stay safe with respect to coyotes (see below).
- Never let your pets out alone, especially at night. Obey the leash law to keep your pets close to you in the event of a coyote encounter.
- Feed your pets indoors, do not leave pet food outside of your house.
- Suspend feeding of ALL animals, including songbirds, raccoons, squirrels, deer, etc. (Coyotes are not attracted by grains/seeds, but the small rodents such as mice, rabbits and squirrels are preferred prey for coyotes. Where they are, coyotes will follow.)
- Keep all garbage sealed from access by animals.
- Secure your barbeque grills.
- Keep your yard free of litter and brush piles, as they provide homes for small animals that attract coyotes.
Harassment and Hazing of Coyotes
The best way to coexist with coyotes is to train them by repeated negative interactions with humans. In other words, harass them whenever you encounter them.
Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, offers this wise council, "If you see a coyote, scare a coyote!"
The following are suggestions for ways to show coyotes that we think they are entitled to live, but not in our neighborhood.
If you see a coyote:
- Shout, yell, scream to startle it.
- Make other loud sudden noises using things such as…
- Air horns
- Pots & pans
- Rattles made of coins or pebbles in cans
- Throw rocks or sticks at it and yell.
- Use motion activated devices such as lights.
- Spray your garden hose at it and yell.
Following this link, Coyote Control | Missouri Department of Conservation (mo.gov), you can read more and watch an informative video expanding on the ideas that were included on this page.
We all need to do our part! By combining our efforts, we can successfully redirect our unwanted canine visitors!