Archive for Monday, December 24, 2012

City officials fielding multiple reports of coyotoe sightings

December 24, 2012, 12:24 p.m.

Updated: December 27, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

On the heels of numerous cougar sightings in Shawnee neighborhoods during the summer, the city is now fielding multiple reports of coyotes.

Cats and small dogs can resemble a coyote’s natural prey. So the city is advising residents not to leave smaller pets outside unattended.

Coyotes are especially attracted to yards with unsecured garbage cans, exposed compost piles, vegetable gardens, fish ponds, fruit trees and bird feeders. As with most wild animals, it is strongly advised that residents do not intentionally feed coyotes. Coyotes do not see humans as prey, but may associate people with food. So if you see a coyote, act aggressively, wave your arms and make loud noises, the city advises.

Coyotes typically hunt for rodents and other small mammals and will also consume fish, snakes, berries, fruits and nuts. It is common during the winter months, as food supplies become scarcer, for coyotes to be more active in search of food. Coyotes are most active at night when human activity is reduced, but may be seen during the day.

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