Glendale residents voice fears over coyotes in neighborhood
Animal control officials on Monday sought to ease growing concerns among Glendale residents unnerved by the prevalence of coyotes in their neighborhoods, saying the animals play an important role in the local ecosystem and pose little threat to humans.
At the first of two public meeting scheduled to address the increased reports of coyote sighting and conflicts, Glendale officials said that taking simple measures, such as securing pet food and trash, can go a long way in discouraging any unwanted visits.
“Coyotes are naturally very afraid of people,” said Lynsey White Dasher, an urban wildlife specialist for the Humane Society of the United States.
Glendale’s rich habitat and abundant food source attract highly adaptable coyotes, which help control the rodent population, she said. One woman told wildlife specialists she has seen two to three coyotes in front of her Glendale home. At one point, she said, a coyote sat down in her driveway and blocked her car in.
She said she feared that they would attack her dogs, so she bought an air horn to scare the coyotes away.
White Dasher said air horns can be effective coyote repellants and recommended other strategies such as making yourself appear larger, making loud noises, yelling, throwing items and spraying water. But each technique only works when directed consistently at the same coyotes, White Dasher said
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Photo: A coyote information sign posted on Mountain Street offered information on the animals and how to interact with them in 2009. Credit: Times Community News