As the City of Denton grows, more residents are reporting coyote sightings. Coyotes are wild animals, yet they are extremely adaptable and survive well when their wildlife habitat becomes an urban environment. It is very difficult to capture a coyote without means that are dangerous to humans and pets in the area. The best wildlife management practice is to remove or limit food sources.
- Keep all small dogs, cats, and other pets inside or under close supervision. They may be easy prey for coyotes.
- Remove all possible food sources including garbage, compost, pet food, fruit, grill drippings, and other artificial food sources that supplement the coyotes' natural diet of rodents, rabbits, snakes, insects, berries, and dead animals.
- Make backyards less inviting by cutting back brush, removing brush piles, and sealing off crawl spaces under homes and buildings. This limits both potential shelter and the rodent population that makes up 30 percent of a coyotes' diet.
- Fences can keep coyotes out if they are at least six feet tall and have rollers on the top to prevent the coyote from climbing and jumping.
- There are no commercial odors or sprays that deter coyotes. The human scent provides the best scent-related defense.
- Do not tamper with the large canine traps set by Animal Services.
Abnormal behavior or signs of illness in coyotes should be reported to Denton Animal Services at (940) 349-7594. Some behaviors and signs include:
- Approaching humans or dogs, or fighting and attacking pets
- Acting confused, limping, or staggering or with paralyzed back legs