Feb 17 2016

Co-Existing With Coyotes

How To Protect Your Pets From Coyotes

  • Coyotes are most active between November/December and March/April, when they are mating and breeding. During this time they are less tolerant of people and pets in open space and parks.
  • Always supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Cat owners should recognize that the only way to guarantee its safety is to keep it indoors. Outdoor cats also face potential death from cars, diseases, foxes, parasites, raccoons, dogs, and birds of prey, such as owls.
  • Keep your dog on a short leash while walking, even in areas where off leash is allowed—avoid retractable leashes.
  • Do not allow your dog to play or interact with a coyote. If possible, pick up your dog when coyotes are visible.
  • Avoid potential den sites and thick vegetation.
  • If you must leave your dog outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel.
  • Coyote-proof fences are either at least 8-feet tall and made of a material that coyotes cannot climb or at least 6-feet tall with a protective device on top, such as a coyote roller, (www.coyoteroller.com) that rolls off any coyotes that try to scramble over the fence. Do-it-yourself piping or chicken wire to the top of your fence also can prevent coyotes from getting the foothold they need to make it over. To prevent coyotes from digging under a fence, make sure the fence extends at least 12 inches underground. Check with your local municipality or homeowners association regarding regulations on fences and fence heights.
  • Do not feed coyotes, intentionally or unintentionally. Do not leave food outside, this includes accessible garbage cans or compost containers, pet food and water, fruit that has fallen from trees or shrubs, rodent habitat such as neglected yards, gardens or sheds. Also be sure to clean up properly after any backyard dining including cleaning grills and disposing of oyster shells.

What To Do If You See A Coyote

Coyotes are naturally afraid of people and in order to keep it that way it is important to “haze” and coyote you see. This includes:

  • Making loud noises
  • Shout, bang pots or pans
  • Wave your hands or objects like sticks or brooms
  • Throw small stones
  • Spray the coyote with a hose

Report All Sightings

Isle of Palms: Call IOP PD non-emergency phone number (843) 886-6522

Sullivan’s Island: Call Consolidated Dispatch: (843) 743-7200 (available 24/7)

Be prepared to provide the following data: 

1. Date of sighting

2. Time of sighting

3. Location of sighting

4. Quantity of coyotes

5. Circumstances – Did you hear, see or interact with the coyote(s)

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