New map shows more coyote sightings in East Lincoln parks
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln Animal Control released a map of coyote sightings and made recommendations for coyote encounters on Friday.
Animal Control has received more than 250 calls from the public regarding coyote sightings since June 2020, said Steve Beal, animal control manager for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health. Data shows that there are some areas of Lincoln where coyotes are most important, including Taylor Park, Seacrest Park, Wedgewood Lake, and Holmes Lake.
“Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not necessarily a cause for alarm and most people can live near coyotes without conflict,” Beal said.
Many factors can contribute to environments where urban coyotes can thrive, such as parks, common areas, and trails. These habitat types also attract other wildlife such as rabbits, mice, squirrels, which coyotes will seek out as a food source. They are not particularly careful about their diet and eat berries, nuts and fruits that fall from trees. They are also attracted to garbage containing leftover food thrown into homes, restaurants and commercial buildings.
Beal said coyotes are also opportunists and can approach small pets out of curiosity and as a potential meal. There have been three confirmed attacks on pets so far this year and no confirmed reports of coyotes attacking people.
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Beal urged residents to follow these tips for encountering coyotes:
- Do not feed coyotes under any circumstances. Feeding the coyotes invites them into your space. The majority of cases where coyotes are found in close proximity to humans are due to people feeding coyotes.
- Obey leash laws. An uncontrolled dog can lead to a confrontation with a coyote.
- Keep food sources away from wildlife, such as garbage, pet food, bird feeders, squirrel (corn) feeders, brush piles, compost piles and easy access to the water. Brush piles are home to rodents and rabbits while bird feeders attract squirrels and rodents, all of which are food sources for coyotes. Keep all pets indoors at night, especially small dogs and cats.
- If you encounter a coyote, stay calm and mist the coyote. Hazing is a method that uses deterrents to drive an animal away from an area or to discourage unwanted behavior or activities. Try whistling or sounding a horn, raise your hands and shout. Throw sticks or stones at the coyote. Keep making noise and hazing the coyote until it moves forward.
Beal said Animal Control continues to work to minimize issues with coyotes. The efforts include:
- Post signs in parks and walking / hiking trails
- Work with Lincoln Parks and Recreation on educational efforts
- Patrol areas where coyotes have been reported
- Talk to neighboring residents about coyotes and educate face to face
- Take calls from the public regarding sighting locations, forestry officer reports and display coyote sightings on a map to better analyze their locations and movements
Contact Animal Control at 402-441-7900 or email@example.com. You can also follow Animal Control on Facebook: @LincolnAnimalControl.
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