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Tips for Avoiding Coyote Attacks

Coyotes sometimes enter Cobb neighborhoods in search of food as their habitat becomes increasingly smaller due to urban sprawl.

In February, East Cobb residents raised concerns at JoAnn Birrell’s town-hall meeting about near and . Residents are looking for ways to deal with the coyote problem.

Here are some proactive tips from the  on avoiding aggressive behavior by coyotes:

  • Do not feed coyotes.
  • Eliminate sources of water, particularly in dry climates.
  • Position bird feeders so that coyotes can't get to the feed.
    • Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps, and even seed.
    • Coyotes may also be attracted by birds and rodents that come to the feeders.
  • Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it.
  • Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
  • Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors.
  • Store pet and livestock feed where it is inaccessible to wildlife.
  • Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey.
  • Fencing your yard could deter coyotes. The fence should be at least six feet high with the bottom extending at least six inches below the ground for best results.
  • Do not leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been frequenting the area.
  • Do not allow pets to run free.
    • Follow Roswell’s leash laws.
    • Keep pets safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them.
    • Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night.
    • Provide secure shelters for poultry, rabbits, and other vulnerable animals.
  • Discourage coyotes from frequenting your area. If you start seeing coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises, or throwing rocks.

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