Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pest Profile: Coyotes, Part 2



"Pest Profile: Coyotes, Part 2","

Do They Carry Disease?

Rabies is a real threat among coyote populations as they are large enough to survive a rabid animal's attack or may hunt an infected animal.
 This doesn't mean that fearless or aggressive coyotes all have rabies; in fact, most of these more dangerous coyotes are either desperate or have become accustomed to contact with humans.
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If a coyote acts fearlessly or aggressively towards you or your pets, your best bet is to try to frighten it away.
 All of these are seen as threatening, and can help you and your pet escape unscathed.
 Watch the coyote carefully as you walk backwards, away from it.


Removal

Outside of removing food sources (including your pets!) from easy access, there is only so much that can be done about coyotes remaining in an area.
 These experts have dealt with coyote problems before, and they understand where to set traps and how to handle any coyotes they catch.
 In addition to the hazards of trapping, most states require that captured coyotes be euthanized to prevent them from causing harm when relocated.


Just remember that even the professionals can't stop new coyotes from coming in to your area; after they've trapped the existing coyotes, all they can do is give your neighborhood further suggestions for making the area less appealing to coyotes in the future.


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