Public Health has received reports of coyote attacks on pets in urban areas of Madison and Dane County. Most have involved smaller dogs left unattended by their owners in the backyard.
The mere presence of coyotes can be unnerving or frightening for people. Coyotes are generally more afraid of you than you are of them, but in instances where coyotes have gotten too comfortable around people there are several things neighborhood residents can do to re-educate their neighborhood coyotes to be more afraid of people and leave their pets alone.
How to Haze a Coyote
This short video, "How to Haze a Coyote
," gives some concrete solutions for how we can safely co-exist with coyotes in an urban area. It explains the process of hazing, or scaring away coyotes, so they do not feel comfortable being in urban neighborhoods.
Have you had a coyote encounter recently?
Use an online coyote sighting website created by the UW-Madison Urban Canid Project to report your experience.