Living with Coyotes

Yes, there are coyotes in this part of Austin. Below are a few tips to help protect you from having any unnecessary close encounters with these wild animals.
  • Don’t let domestic animals roam; keep them securely enclosed and protected at night (keep cats indoors).
  • Don’t leave animal foods outside.
  • Install motion sensored-lights near buildings to deter undesired wildlife.
  • Walk dogs on leashes, particularly during coyote mating and pupping seasons (January/February and April through July).
  • Spay or neuter your dogs. Though uncommon, coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, fertile domestic dogs.
  • Secure garbage in sturdy containers with tight fitting lids and store in secure buildings. Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night.
  • Keep compost in secure, wildlife proof containers.
  • Keep birdseed off the ground; seeds attract rodents which attract coyotes. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Clear away bushes and dense weeds near buildings where coyotes might find cover and critters to feed on.
  • Close off crawl spaces from under decks and around buildings where coyotes may den.
  • If you see a coyote in your yard, “haze” them by making loud noises with pots, pans, air horns, or a water hose.