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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Wildlife experts offer advice for dealing with coyotes


HENDERSON, Ky. – Wildlife experts met with local citizens concerned about coyotes and other nuisance wildlife on Thursday evening at Community Baptist Church.

The meeting was organized after residents in the Balmoral neighborhood spoke at a Henderson Board of Commissioners meeting to share safety concerns for small children and domestic pets.

Last winter, Wildlife Animal Control, a local firm certified by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife to deal with nuisance wildlife, trapped a number of coyotes near the Balmoral neighborhood to help address over-population and neighborhood safety issues. But the concerns by residents of the area linger.

Here are some tips from the KDFW:

What to do if you encounter a coyote

  • If you see one, do not approach it. Don’t panic.
  • If a coyote makes eye contact with you, pick up small animals or children, remain calm, do NOT turn your back.
  • Make yourself big by standing up straight or waving your arms, and make loud noises.
  • If rocks are available, pick one up and throw toward the animal but not directly at it.
  • If you feel threatened, call 9-1-1.

Tips to avoid problems with coyotes

  • Keep your pets on a leash and make sure you do not leave children or pets unattended for long periods of time even in a fenced-in yard. Coyotes can climb over or dig beneath most fencing.
  • Do not provide coyotes with a food source. If you have to feed your pet outside give them only the amount of food they can consume in one sitting.
  • Make sure your garbage cans and compost bins are secure.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean, including the grease trap.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house, or turn on outside lighting and check the yard for unwanted animals before letting a dog outside at night.
  • Avoid walking your dog at the same time or on the same route every day, as coyotes learn patterns.
  • Educate your neighbors about these guidelines. Keeping coyotes wild and wary of humans is a community effort.

To learn more about coyotes, visit:

Here's a link to a pdf flyer you can download to hang on your refrigerator or share with your neighbors: